Legacy for a People and A Nation: The Lost Cause

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To help prepare for the above discussion question, read the section in Chapter 14 entitled “Legacy for a People and A Nation: The Lost Cause.”

Discussion prompt:

Why could African Americans not retain the political power they held after the war? What nonpolitical factors went into their loss of power? What steps did Congress take to secure the rights of African Americans? What role did the Supreme Court play in the extension of equality to African Americans? What led to great distrust between the races? Was the southern white attitude for these blacks purely racial?3

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