Reconstruction, Reform, and Reconciliation
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.
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