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Redemption

  1. 1. * Unit 4 Section 3
  2. 2. * GA’s redemption period followed its Reconstruction period.* During this time many people struggled to overcome the hardships that Reconstruction brought.* The “Redeemers” also wanted to take back the control of the state government from the Republicans *
  3. 3. * Joseph E. Brown/ Alfred H. Colquitt and John B. Gordon = Democrats.* All of these men wanted stronger economic ($) ties with the industrial North in order to make GA’s economy stronger ($$)* Believed in white supremacy (belief that white race is superior (better than) any other race)* 3 men were called “The Bourbon Triumvirate”
  4. 4. * These leaders helped carry GA through economic reconstruction as they lowered taxes, reduced the war debts, and expanded business and industry.* They were criticized for doing little to help the poor, improve education, improve mental hospitals and jails.* After Reconstruction was over the Democrats took over state politics. *
  5. 5. * Rebecca Felton and her husband William H. Felton were reformers who helped to end the influence of the Bourbon Trimuvirate (pg315)* Used “Cartersville Courant” to attack the Bourbons* The Bourbons and the Feltons clashed over the issue of the convict lease system *
  6. 6. * A serious problem was the way that prisoners were treated* Lack of jobs led to an increase in crime.* Almost 90% of prisoners were black* Convict lease system: prisoners were hired out (leased) to people who provided them with housing and food in exchange for labor. Also allowed them to rest on Sunday’s and provide medical care. *
  7. 7. * A lot of the “rules” were ignored* Most prisoners did not have clothes, medical care or food.* 1880 legislation agreed to look at this type of “care”* 1897 Convict lease law was changed* Separated male and female prisoners/ old & sick inmates were separated as well. *
  8. 8. * 1874 Dr. Felton was elected to Congress and served there until 1880* He pushed for improvements in education, prison reform, and limits on alcohol traffic in the state.* Helped inspire the “Populist Movement” *

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