Reconstruction is a crystal clear time period in American history: written by the victors: it paints the South as a backward agricultural racist culture, and the Civil War as a War to Free the Slaves. It really is not so crystal clear. Even my leftist professors mentioned this, but never in writing. It would be advisable for those of you searching for a historical period to model the present upon to study Reconstruction.
Muddy waters. For all the endemic racism of the South, one may ask yourself why Stand Watie and his Cherokees supported the south. After all, the South is all racist, all the time. What are the Injuns doing supporting them?
Freedmen’s Bureau. I once heard a leftist use the epithet carpetbagger like it was a bad thing. In the same thought, he upheld the institutions that nurtured them. Go figure. The driving mind of the carpetbagger movement was an evangelical Christian, one Oliver O. Howard. The disenfranchisement of the white people in the South was one of the reasons why secret societies and partisan movements rose up down there. The traditional interpretation is that Southern whites are all racists. I would encourage you to research a little more into the institution of the Freedmen’s bureau. Not only from the point of view that it was the first attempt of the Federal statists to turn N-people into Americans, but also why it failed. It also had side effects, like the creation of the KKK.
One may argue that the enfranchisement of the ten million Illegals that will inevitably happen under Obama may be interpreted as disenfranchisement of white people. This will also be looked as ‘austerity from external sources’ and be a ‘right wing’, not ‘left wing’ vector in the social calculus.
In my opinion, the historical era in the United States right now can be described as Reconstruction 2.0. If the N-people can be assimilated into main stream society, then all will be sunshine and light. If they cannot, then I would look for a repeat of the social movements created by Reconstruction 1.0. In this I mean secret societies and black markets, ultimately leading to Jim Crow 2.0.
Another complication is the transformation of the United States into a non-Christian country. The evangelicals who spear headed the war against slavery, the vote for women, and the support for Israel, are a minority force, with their energies spent on defensive actions in the face of a socialist academia, judiciary, bureaucracy, media, and administration. When the progressives fall (as they, while in ascendency, are not a power beyond their ability to buy the votes of never workers) I wonder how much of the progressive platform will collapse. With Jim Crow 2.0, I suspect that slavery will be reinvented. As a thought experiment, if you actually apply the ‘father is financially responsible for his children’ laws already in effect, you can frog march the N-people into some form of new age plantation, where they will be working for the welfare department.
Given the lack of freedom of speech in this country, there is not much more I can say. Just like Louisiana in 1866.
I, Fenris Badwulf, wrote this.