Nell Irvin Painter on Plutocracy

But even as the Reconstruction Acts were being passed in 1867, observers realized that the poor people of the South would not long succeed in ruling their states without a long period of sheltering against the inexorable reassertion of power by the wealthy and well-educated, which meant primarily the plantation elites who had led the Confederacy. In the end, such misgivings proved prophetic; political parties whose constituents were poor and middling whites and Blacks, much of whose leadership came from outside the South, were no match for Southerners accustomed to rule and unhesistating in their use of violence for political purposes.

  • P. XII, Exodusters – Nell Irvin Painter, ISBN 0-393-00951-3

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