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Beyond RedemptionRace, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War$
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Carole Emberton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226024271

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226024301.001.0001

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Reconstruction as Redemption

Reconstruction as Redemption

(p.11) One Reconstruction as Redemption
Beyond Redemption

Carole Emberton

University of Chicago Press

The American Civil War problematized violence in new and frightening ways. Americans wondered if the war had so demoralized society that its violent reverberations may be felt when it was over. The war also implicated the government in perpetrating violence so brutal that it called the legitimacy of the war in question. As the country emerged from the devastation of the Civil War, violence became an expression of the citizens’ hopes and concerns for the nation. Most citizens were worried not only about the war’s impact on the defeated South, but also about its effects on their own society and the growing power of the federal government over the nation.

Keywords:   violence, federal government, south, civil war, legitimacy

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