Questions

1. What was the life of the owner’s like?

2.What were some of the views of the slave owner

3.What was the significance of the war? Its effect on slave owners?

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Analysis

This time period was one of the bloodiest in American history. Plantation owners had several different views, socially, economically, and politically as opposed to the north. However, one the amendments 13,14, and 15 were ratified, plantation owners soon lost their position and soon faded from existence, allowing blacks to further their civil rights movements and leaving a legacy of the supremest attitude of white men, which was not broken until the death of Martin Luther King Jr.

 

~Jeremy Diaz

Then and Now

Of course, several events shaped our current views of the world during this time period. From 1860 to 1870, amendments 13,14, and 15 were ratified, giving blacks freedom, citizenship, and the right to vote. This strengthened our current political structure and strengthened the nation as a whole. Also, due to the newly obtained rights of black men, women would obtain the right to vote (in around 50 years) and would further change our current time. The amendments heavily weakened the plantation owners, making them lose their political powers, and their former slaves as well. The emancipation proclamation, declaring the freedom of all black people, set events in motion which led to several civil rights movements and equality as a whole. As of today, there is no wealthy plantation class.

 

~Jeremy Diaz

Food That Plantation Owners Ate

The plantation owner’s often ate lavish dinners that were meant to show off the owner’s hospitality. This may involve a roasted turkey, mutton, beef, oysters, various vegetables, as well as deserts such as pudding, cake, jelly, and coconut.

Plantation owners were fond of the various meats, including turkey. https://historyplantation.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/img_1610.jpg?w=300

~Jeremy Diaz

Plantation Owners: Social Wise

Social wise, the southern plantation owners made many enemies in the north. Their treatment of slaves during the pre civil war era angered northern abolitionists such as Frederick Douglas as well as many republicans. During the civil war and reconstruction period, plantation owners were seen a negative light by northerners and the black populations of the south.

 

~Jeremy Diaz

Plantation owners:Political Views

Pre Civil War views of plantation owners were generally the same. They were all rich, belonged  to the democratic party, and were  white supremacists wanting to become richer. This view, however, did not change and may have even worsened following the civil war and the the reconstruction era.

This may have been apparent in the creation of the Ku Klux Klan in 1866, known as the “invisible empire of the south,” they worked to scare blacks and threaten government officials. They were dominant from 1866 to the early 1900’s.

 

From http://www.old-picture.com/united-states-history-1900s---1930s/bordering-Virginia-counties-District.htm, involves a desturbing image of a group of KKK members parading around the district of columbia, they weilded considerable political power in the south.

~Jeremy Diaz

Important Dates:During/After Civil War

The Civil War brought the end to Slaves working in the fields.  Here are the dates:

1857-The panic of 1857 occurred and the south’s cotton empire was not effected. Showed the resilience of the south.

From http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1857_panic.PNG, as seen, life for freedmen was harsh and cruel.

1860-Lincoln won the four-way race for presidency, leading up to the war.

1861-Seven states succeeded from the union, starting the war.

1863-Emancipation proclamation foreshadowing the loss of southern workforce.

Obtained from http://www.learnnc.org/lp/media/uploads/2008/11/emancipation_01.jpg, the proclamation led the way toward the freedom of blacks and also angered white plantation owners

1865-Thirteenth Amendment ratified effectively freeing all black slaves, angering plantation owners. It led to the sharecropping system.

1865-The south passed black codes disabling the former slaves from work, forcing them back to plantations.

1866-14th amendment passed, making plantation owners lose more hold on their workers.

From http://www.laits.utexas.edu/txp_media/html/cons/features/0206_01/slide4.gif, the 14th amendent gave citizenship toward blacks and weakened plantation owner's hold.

1870-The 15th amendment was passed, effectively making plantation owners lose most of their authority towards blacks.

~Jeremy Diaz