Race relations at the time of the Civil War are commonly viewed through the prisim of our modern relationships and the picture of slavery painted by abolitionists. This is often at odds with the picture pained by thevLost Caue view, prominently depicted in Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone with the Wind'. While the the Lost Cause historians largely depicted a false narative of the civil War and slavery, Mitchel's novel did capture a too often neglected aspect of the relationship between slaves and their owners. It was an unequal relationship and all too often it was a flaed relationship, but there was a relationship and in some cases one of respect and trust. However flawed the relationships in the South, in the North there were often no relarionships between blacks and whites. This would become afactor acenuryboatr during the Civil Rights movement. This is hard to follow in written dicumnts. Few slaves were literate and few whites set such matters down in writing. An unfortunately small numbers of photographic can through photo forensics provide taunrelizing clues into this little reported subject. These relationships were to be twistd by white resistance to black rights and ondividuals like Nathan Bedford Forest and the Ku Klux Klan. It makes us wonder if the tragic failure of Reconstructiin coukd have had a different outcome. If Lincoln had been in the White House rather than Johnson, one wonders what could have been accomplished.
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