Battle Cry Of Freedom Analysis

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As I stated in my review for Battle Cry of Freedom, I believe that James McPherson’s loyalties in his writing are staunchly Northern in regards to the Civil War. The word revolution is defined as “a forcible overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system.” So, if we go by the actual definition from the Northern point of view then yes it was a revolution but from the southern man’s point of view then no it was not a revolution. The word revolution was used in context to describe northern political agendas. I believe that actual word was still part of the vernacular used by the senior statesmen to instigate an uproar and fervor to motivate the northern cause and the governments political agenda. For example a local politician …show more content…
The southern agenda would have been peaceful if the northern aggression of a revolution had not taken place.
Ultimately though the Union plowed through the Confederacy and destroyed everything that they could lay their hands on. In the end after the last show as fired, the south was mortally wounded and the southern men limped back their plantations and farms defeated and without purpose.
The process of Reconstruction was a novel idea but it had no fail safe and thus the blacks were left out in the cold without any real plan of action for their livelihood. The Freedman’s Bureau was created right after the Civil War ended to assist the newly freemen to acclimate to a new world but it was only proposed for a year and ultimately was renewed and ultimately vetoed by President Andrew Johnson because it encroached on states’ rights. Initially the black man was supported by the government but the white southern man had to take care of his own business without any assistance. The southern economy was ruined by the war, and for the southern man, more problems were in place after the end of the war than were before the beginning. This led to a lot of bitterness and rage from
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Once everyone had the right to vote again many men in the south were quick to jump on the public office bandwagon. Once they were elected to office they began systemically undoing the economic and social reforms that had been put in place. The white, Southern political leaders were adamant about restoring the South and dismantling the policies of Reconstruction. A Direct result of the Election of 1866 allowed the south to impose their own policies within their respective states thus voting restrictions and new Jim Crow laws segregated the south. The Supreme Court ruled that the 14th and 15th Amendments only were enforced from a federal level. The Republicans and their polices were ultimately conquered in 1874 and many Reconstruction programs were eliminated under the Democratic leadership in

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