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Mr. Purdy - December 11, 2008 12:10 AM (GMT)
Following Reconstruction, many southern leaders promoted the idea of a “New South.” To what extent was this “New South” a reality by the time of the First World War? In your answer be sure to address TWO of the following.

(1) Economic development (2) Politics (3) Race relations

Mr. Purdy - January 17, 2009 04:08 PM (GMT)
Many Southern leaders promoted the idea of a “New South” following Reconstruction. The South had been devastated by the Civil War both economically and politically. These leaders sought to rebuild the South. While their efforts improved the economic condition of the South some, politically the South was very racist. However, this political change was what the “Redeemers” were striving for, and so they were successful.


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Jesusfreak999777 - January 26, 2009 03:44 AM (GMT)
After the period of Reconstruction, the proposal of a reformed south was brought to the attention of the country, and was reached to an extent, but was not completely fulfilled by the time that World War I had arrived. Economically, occupations remained segregated, child labor remained the lowest paying form of work, and the wages in the southern cotton industry were lower than those of northern states. Politically, the reforms took some effect in that blacks were allowed to hold political offices, such as the senators that were elected in North Carolina. However, funding for schools was cut by political officials in the south. Also, alliances, such as the Southern Farmers Alliance began to take power and control a large portion of elections. The reform sought out by the south was achieved to an extent, but was not fully reached as shown by an economy similar to that of the one prior to reconstruction, and a political system that had somewhat advanced, but still had a foot in the door of segregation.


- Fridge

Ashley Hurst - January 26, 2009 09:45 PM (GMT)
During the Post-Reconstruction era, southern leaders tried to promote the new idea of a “New South”. Even though many southern leaders attempted to make the “New South” idea look good and appear as a step closer to change, the South stayed in its old ways. One issue that remained constant was race relations. Although some southerners attempted to allow blacks “separate but equal” laws, such as the Jim Crow laws, it didn’t’ make much of a difference for the black community. Also, politics hadn’t really changed since before Reconstruction. There were still compromises, and white politicians still didn’t want any black politician to steal any power. The Compromise of 1877 was a major “New South” act that made a big change in the southern society by the time of the 1st World War. The factors such as politics, compromises, race relations and things such as the Jim Crow Laws, didn’t really make the “New South” become a reality by the First World War.

By: Ashley Hurst and Nicole Wartko

Ms. Paglia - January 26, 2009 11:46 PM (GMT)
Before the start of the first World War, the idea of a New South was not neccessarily a reality. Those who advocated this idea promoted actions that contradicted the development of a true "new south". Economically, the lack of capital in the sparse towns and cities that were present led to other problems such as high protective tariffs, an uneducated working class and an exceedingly low rate of technological development. In terms of race relations, white supremacy was still encouraged, jobs were handed out depending upon race, and racial violence was still occurring. It would seem conditions were generally the same as they were during the Civil War. The concept of a "new south" did not become a reality before the first World War due to contradictory actions regarding economic changes and interactions among different races.

By: Annalise & Leo

Jessica_Elinburg - January 27, 2009 12:45 AM (GMT)
Following Reconstruction, many southern leaders promoted the idea of a “New South.” To what extent was this “New South” a reality by the time of the First World War? In your answer, be sure to address TWO of the following.
(1) Economic development
(2) Politics
(3) Race relations


After Reconstruction ended, many leaders claimed the “renovated” southern states as the “New South.” In reality, the economic development of the region was still primarily suffocated by one – crop farming and a few scattered industries that could only offer laborers long work hours and a scarce paycheck. African Americans were trapped in an unspoken form of slavery – sharecropping. Racially speaking, the “freed” African Americans of the former Confederacy found themselves friendless after the removal of the federal troops and brutally discriminated against at the polls, public facilities, and by racially exclusive (and abusive) groups such as the Ku Klux Klan. Ultimately, after the era of Reconstruction, the “New South” paradoxically resembled the South that had existed before the Civil War, trapped in economic infancy and regrettable racial discrimination.

Jessica Elinburg and Paolette Matute

agossett - January 27, 2009 02:02 AM (GMT)
Following Reconstruction, many southern leaders promoted the idea of a “New South.” To what extent was this “New South” a reality by the time of the First World War? In your answer, be sure to address TWO of the following.

Economic development

Politics

Race relations

After Reconstruction, the term "New South" did not fully apply to the economically and the racially diverse South during the Gilded Age all the way up to the assassination of Franz Ferdinand and the start of World War I. During the period after reconsrtuction, black had gained there freedom, but did not through their true equality because of the continuing discrimination through the Jim Crow Laws of the 1880's, the case Plessy vs. Ferguson in 1896, and hate groups such as the Klu Klux Klan. In the economic sense, many northerners tried to change the South's economy by erecting factories but since the South was mostly illiterate and poor, the economic development did not flourish during the time period. Furthermore, the term "New South" did not live up to its name because of the discrimination of the blacks through the Jim Crow laws and the hate group, the Klu Klux Klan and the poor economic development because of the failure of the newly founded factories beacuse of the poor and illiterate people living in the south during the period after Reconstruction.

erika - January 27, 2009 03:31 AM (GMT)
The post-Reconstruction Era attempted to create a unified and successful region following the negative effects the Civil War known as the "New South." A new-found sense of the need to imporve motivated the South's attempt to better race realtions, though laws such as the Jim Crow Laws and white supremacy challenged those views. Because the South was still mainly dependent on crops and the North, it was difficult to separate and become an independent region and prosper. Thus, the idea of a "New South" was a primitive idea, and not much was changed by the first World War by means of economical development and race relations.

Erika Rucker and Jacob Spires

LFarvie - January 27, 2009 04:06 AM (GMT)
Shortly after the attempted reconstruction of the south, leaders strived to create and promote the idea of a “New South”. The cotton industry grew and other cash crops thrived, which helped develop the south’s economy. Despite, or perhaps because of, the abolishment of slavery racial tensions were high. African Americans became involved in Share-cropping, which can be viewed as just another form of slavery, because of the intense discrimination that came with any attempt to branch out and become educated. These attempts made some progress economically, but in regards to race relations, almost no headway had been made by the time World War I rolled around.



By: Lauryn Farver & Sarah Lemaux

Yoxman - January 27, 2009 12:03 PM (GMT)
After the Civil War ended, the Union implimented the policy of Reconstruction in the South. This policy however was doomed to fail. The Southerners who lead the South both during and after Reconstructionn were calling their policy the "New South." If this ideal was intended to improve race relations and economic development, it did not meet its goal. Racially the Southern plantation owners were treating their "employees" as though they were still slaves, and Black Codes made voting for many Afriican Americans impossible. Economically, the South's development was hindered by the North's placement of laws to keep the South from expanding financially. Ultimately the idea of a "New South" failed because of racial hatred in the South and an unwillingness to forgive in the North.

Busta Spence - January 27, 2009 10:11 PM (GMT)
After the end of Reconstruction, an idea of a “New South” was implemented onto the revamped southern states, but was not successful. Because of the harsh wages during this time child labor was spread throughout the south while many whites prospered form the success of the cotton industry. Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois sought for black equality, but this was hindered by the Ku Klux Klan and the excessive use of blacks on the field. Even though there were great advancements in industry and black equality, the period of the “New South” failed to achieve what it hoped to do.

Spencer Cantor & Eddie Rodriguez

O'Connor - January 28, 2009 12:58 AM (GMT)
After the Civil War the south was in ruins. the United State Government began to institue a period of reconstruction that was supposed to be assisting in the rebuilding of the South. Around the same time many southern leaders began to promote the idea of a "New South", that would be able to challenge it's northern brother in the aspects of industry, politics, races relations and more. But it can easily be seen that the "New South" was not a reality by the time of the first World War in 1914. The south was still the same as before, holding tightly to it's political prefrences and parties, as well as restricting the rights of blacks and still showing racial hatred.

~Sean O'Connor, James Cims, Josh Arnold

Drunkinmonkey - January 28, 2009 01:11 AM (GMT)
Following Reconstruction, a revolution spread throughout the South thus causing Southerners to dub themselves the "New South". The change brought about new race relations and position in society. Economic development spurred a growth through the industrialization. However, the ultimate goal of improvement in the South was never fully reached in race relations and economic development.

- Joey, Luke, and Alex

k McMillin - January 28, 2009 02:37 AM (GMT)
In the aftermath of the Reconstruction attempts, the southern states were beginning to be referred to as a "New South" despite the remaining economic and race related flaws. Although industries were being established sporadically, the diminutive amount was likely controlled by the North, while the rest of the southern economy still depended on agriculture and the service of poorly compensated workers. This lack of southern change was also apparent in the relationship between the white and black residents of the South, in which they continued to battle different aspects of white supremacy and struggle for valid equality. These unconstructive factors of southern economy and race relation disallowed the south to live up to the given title of a "New South" by the time of World War I.

Kathryn and Jessie

PDizzle - January 28, 2009 03:06 AM (GMT)
Political and Race Relations

Devastated from the Civil War, the South began the healing process under the Reconstruction period but it wasn't until southern idealist coin the region the "New South" that the attempted reforms began. Although poltical leaders took the endeavor to create an equal opportunity for everyone in reality segregation ruled the governmental spectrum of the south. Individuals such as Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois strove for the improvement of race relations but the deep prejudice instilled in the minds of the southern people caused the theory for the refined region to not become a reality. Thus, the combination of political setbacks of divided racial issues and the seemingly non-extistent advacement toward race relations is the reason that the ideal nature of the "New South" was not accomplished.

George Patrick Doyle IV

Derrick Max Bland

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Demi - January 28, 2009 03:29 AM (GMT)
The "New South" was the name given to the supposed "revolution" in the South, starting after the Reconstruction and ending at World War I, lasting from 1877-1914. However, old practices and traditions were still rampant in the South. Although ostensibly given more freedom, African Americans were often deprived of their rights. Politics were not majorly altered with new policies, as old patterns remained untouched. Ultimately, the "New South" did not change the South much at all, especially with regards to race relations and politics.

Partner: Jacob Spratling

Nick - January 28, 2009 11:00 PM (GMT)
Essay 1

The Civil War’s end brought about a theoretical change in the ways of the South, however, these adjustments were minimal and a “New South” was never achieved. Although blacks had gained their freedom, they were still forced into sharecropping, not allowed to vote, and attacked by the Ku Klux Klan. The creation of factories and railroads in the south improved their industry, but didn’t offset the already established plantations. A “New South” was the ultimate goal of the political leaders in southern states, but overwhelming racism and an economy unsupportive of industry led to the crumbling of this dream.

Partner: Kristoffer

Porter - January 29, 2009 12:49 AM (GMT)
After the failed attempt at Reconstruction, the South supposedly transformed into the "new South", while still practicing the old traditions. Most supporters of the "New South" believed in white supremacy, and wanted to be treated different than black people. Negroes were not allowed into labor unions, and the Whites feared losing control of politics every time they heard a story of a successful black man. The Solid South was formed and only voted for white democratic candidates. In politics, a few black men held office from 1877-1914 but more restrictions were being placed on them. The "New South" was a myth by the time of the first World War because there was no equality and because so many restrictions were placed on the black family.

Jacob P. Haniel, and Caleb

philip - February 14, 2009 07:54 PM (GMT)
Essay #1
Following reconstruction many influential southerners promoted the idea of the “New South”. By the time world war one rose over the horizon the south had been trampled by the devastating lose during the civil war, which tore the south down economically as well as socially. Reluctantly the racist views of many southerners didn’t change. Despite the racist views of many former slaves were able to find jobs and schooling in the south. The economic frustration of the south was somewhat lifted after the reconstruction era by allowing the south to freely ship cotton to the north and other markets around the world as well industry began to arise and develop in the south. Although at times the domineer of southern idealism didn’t change much. However, the pressure from the north allowed for the slow rise of a stronger free-black society in the south. Thus, the “New South” had not been an overstatement.




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