This Week in Reconstruction, February 14-20, 1869

Typically, we have heard about the intense tension between Southerners and "Carpetbaggers." However, recently a northern man combats the stereotypes regarding the hostility. This man published an article in the Dispatch as well as the northern newspapers about the hospitality the southerners have treated a "Yankee" like himself. He seeks to inform northerners that they are in no danger here, in fact, they are treated quite well. He writes, "I have talked with a great many men, of all classes, and they assure me that a northern man will always be welcomed." The positive atmosphere this Northerner advertised may attract more "carpetbaggers."

Contributed By

Joseph McEachon