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Northern CharacterCollege-Educated New Englanders, Honor, Nationalism, and Leadership in the Civil War Era$
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Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271818

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271818.001.0001

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Character Triumphant

Character Triumphant

Reconstruction, Reform, and Reconciliation

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(p.163) 7 Character Triumphant
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Northern Character
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Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823271818.003.0008

This chapter examines what New Brahmins thought of Reconstruction and how they attempted to reform American society after their successful defense of the Union. With northern character triumphant, these New Brahmins turned their attention to societal reform and pushed for rooting out corruption in politics and American life. Unfortunately, their influence did not extend far, and disappointed in their failure to remake society, the New Brahmins became disillusioned. As they turned their attention to reforming their own professions, they also looked back fondly at the war years and, sensing character traits in the southern leadership class, embraced them once more in a spirit of reconciliation.

Keywords:   reconciliation, reconstruction, reform

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