1. The Southern People Alarmed About Their Political Future

October 6, 1866


Based off of a sample of prominent Southerners, it is clear that the white South is afraid of the future. Unaware of what the future holds, there are debates about whether or not they should accept the new constitution and its provisions.


The Southern People Alarmed About Their Political Future From conversations had with representative men now in the city from two or three of the States lately in rebellion, I learn that the public men of the South are greatly exercised concerning the political future of their section, and are freely discussing the most efficient methods to extricate themselves from the perils that now surround them. Many hare no hesitation in expressing the opinion that the southern States should at once adopt the constitution amendments, and predict that if this be not immediately done, the next Congress will impose still harder conditions, and indefinitely postpone the real union of the States. My informants represent that, while the southern people naturally feel kindly towards the President, they are by no means wedded to his policy for the immediate admission of their representatives, but will listen to reason, defer becomingly to the popular verdict of the North in the approaching elections, and submit to its requirements, whatever they may be, with more fortitude than they have been given credit for possessing. These men say that forcible opposition to the Government is not spoken of as possible by any sane man in the South.--Correspondence Herald
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