The Journal of Libertarian Studies
The Consolidation of State Power via Reconstruction: 1865-1890
In this article, I will argue that the main purpose (and effect) of the 1865–1877 “Reconstruction” policies was to centralize and consolidate state power and to establish Republican Party political hegemony. It was not to “heal the nation’s wounds” or economically revitalize the South. Indeed, Reconstruction created new wounds and economically destroyed the South. Its purpose was to continue the economic plundering of the Southern states for as long as possible, and to establish a national Republican Party political monopoly.
Volume 16, Number 2 (2002)
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DiLorenzo, Thomas J. "The Consolidation of State Power via Reconstruction: 1865-1890." Journal of Libertarian Studies 16, No. 2 (2002): 139–161.