Complete 10 page APA formatted essay: African Americans Citizenship and the Economy of Reconstructed Louisiana.
If, as a historian claimed, “A culture’s sense of time is the key to its nature, (Smith 1997,154)” and if alterations in a society’s understanding and use of time and economy are both a manifestation and an outcome of major economic and social change, then definitely the disorder of the reconstruction and the breadth of the granting of citizenship to African-Americans would also have disclosed the existence of a new economic awareness if, indeed, one existed (Smith 1997). However that the calamitous change in the economic consciousness of Louisiana did not take place, not because the reconstruction was not deep-seated, for the change was fundamental in fact and the American South was, in numerous regards, new (Du Pratz 2007). There exists no new economic knowledge merely because southerners had previously grown an awareness of the Southern economy both in agreement with and matching to the form of culture vital to the new elite economic and social order required by the new citizenship (Du Pratz 2007). Basically, as elaborated by the statement of Julie Saville (1996), “in the wake of Sherman’s march, it required a fine eye to distinguish the twilight of slavery from the dawn of freedom” (p. 15).
The immediate interest of the planters in Louisiana in 1865 concentrated not that much on the maintenance or withholding of their lands to which the granting of citizenship to African-Americans in the South, not like the emancipation in other slave communities, raised no actual danger, but instead on retaining or reclaiming control over what they thought would be had always been a lazy and capricious laborers (Verney 2006). .