It is difficult to stress adequately how revolutionary this idea was: As the Historian Eric Foner puts it in his book, Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877, “Here in coastal South Carolina and Georgia, the prospect beckoned of a transformation of Southern society more radical even than the end of slavery.” Try to imagine how profoundly different the history of race relations in the United States would have been had this policy been implemented and enforced; had the former slaves actually had access to the ownership of land, of property; if they had had a chance to be self-sufficient economically, to build, accrue and pass on wealth. As we know all too well, this promise was not to be realized for the overwhelming majority of the nation’s former indigeous slaves,well in to the milloins. Its time to move forward Tonight on Dark Matter Radio with your Host Ronnie McLean
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