By Brent Tarter
In the lead-up to the Civil warfare, Virginia, like different southern states,
accrued a wide public debt whereas striving to enhance transportation infrastructure and
stimulate fiscal improvement. A Saga of the recent South delves into the
principally untold tale of the decades-long postwar controversies over the reimbursement of that debt.
the result's an important reinterpretation of late-nineteenth-century Virginia political history.
The post–Civil conflict public debt controversy in Virginia reshaped the
state’s political panorama two times. First it created the stipulations less than which the
Readjuster occasion, a biracial coalition of radical reformers, seized keep watch over of the state
govt in 1879 and effectively refinanced the debt; then it gave upward thrust to a
counterrevolution that led the elitist Democratic occasion to 80 years of dominance in the
state's politics. regardless of the Readjusters’ victory in refinancing the debt and their
elevated spending for the preferred new method of unfastened public faculties, the debt controversy
generated an extended educate of felony disputes—at least eighty-five circumstances reached the Virginia Supreme
court docket of Appeals, and twenty-nine reached the very best court docket of the us. via an
in-depth examine those political and criminal contests, A Saga of the hot South
sheds new gentle at the many stumbling blocks that reformers confronted in Virginia and the South after the
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