Thursday, January 21, 2010

Was urnabanization crucial to southern life after the civil war?

Was urbanization crucial to southern life after the Civil War? History tells us that this is not the case. When the Civil War was over and the slaves were freed most southerners were outraged. They wanted things to stay the same which meant no urbanization.They wanted to keep their slaves and not have to work the land themselves. At the same time many freed slaves had a hard time finding a job and a place to live. Slave owners saw this as an opportunity to hire their previous slaves for pay in crops. This process was called sharecropping. Many freed slaves took this rout and were essentially slaves again. Black urbanization after the Civil War therefore was relatively non existent. Urnaization was not a crucial part of southern life after the civil war.

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