How did Southerners feel about Reconstruction?

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Feelings about Reconstruction varied to some degree in the South. Overall, it was greatly disliked and reviled by white Southerners, who felt that their defeat in the Civil War was being rubbed in their faces through further occupation by the federal army. Most of these Southerners also resented the new freedoms that the former slaves had just acquired. They did as much as they could to keep former slaves subjugated. This involved instituting Black Codes, keeping black people economically dependent on whites, and violently intimidating them, sometimes even murdering them.

While most white Southerners hated Reconstruction, many had some mixed feelings about it. Before the end of the Civil War, many Confederates feared that they would be severely punished as traitors should they be defeated. Under Presidential Reconstruction, they found that these fears were unneeded, as most were pardoned and had their property rights (minus their slaves) restored. While they still resented the conditions...

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