Reconstruction in the South
April 22, 1867
The Southern States are following orders of the acts that Congress pass, accordingly in hopes to quicken the process to creating prosperity.
A letter which we have just received from a conservative source in Atlanta, Ga., states that the writer has found, from all that he has seen and heard, that there is much less difficulty as to reconstruction than had been expected. General Pope had expressed himself gratified by his reception, and thinks there wil be no serious difficulty in Georgia and Alabama in the execution of the reconstruction measures. Letters received here from citizens of South Carolina also state that reorganization under the acts of Congress will be carried out by common consent and in the full hope of beneficial results. From Virginia we hear that reconstruction is generally acquiesced in. No idea prevails, either in the Carolinas or in Virginia. according to these statements of suspending proposed State cooperation in the work of reorganization in the expectation of a decision by the United States Supreme Court in favor of the injunction applied for. Further, it is to be noticed that the political question involved is intimately connected with pressing and practical questions. No longer and restoration be deferred without prolonged and aggravated injury to the material interests of the South. It has become a question of broad. Means of subsistence, to say nothing of revived prosperity, can be secured only by the cooperation of labor with capital. The whites have the land without the labor. The blacks have the labor without the land. The expectation of a current of immigration from Europe and the southern States has not been verified, and will not be until after political restoration.
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“Reconstruction in the South,” Reconstructing Virginia, accessed September 21, 2017, https://reconstructingvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/580.