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Plantations in Ruins
Plantations in Ruins

Southern plantation owners rebuild their devastated lands and attempt to negotiate new labor arrangements with their former slaves. Having lost their men to war, many Southern women learn to manage plantations. In the process, they define new roles for themselves.

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A Drama of Fierce Revenge
A white Southern writer expresses racist sentiments that were common in his day.

All Have Suffered
A young white Southern woman describes plantation life before and after the war.

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Q&A: The Myths of Reconstruction
Historians clear up misconceptions about Reconstruction.

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