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 Posted: Mon Jun 14th, 2010 09:38 am
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I found this postwar interview with Lee where he expresses strong disapproval of reconstruction and also rejects the postwar intentions of the Virginia assembly for black suffrage (instead having proposed to them some limited suffrage scheme based on education or wealth, which would "exclude ten negroes and one white man").

He also says Scott had tried to convince him that Lincoln and Seward only wanted pacification at their prewar meeting, but suggests he believed the Republican party needed to justify itself. So what seems to emerge from this is consistent opposition to reconstruction from the war to after the war. And it does seem logical if one considers that aristocracy/feudalism really needs some form of slavery or indentured service to exist. Free labour increases competition and equality.

http://www.jstor.org/pss/4247159

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