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By Brent Tarter

In the lead-up to the Civil warfare, Virginia, like different southern states,
collected a wide public debt whereas striving to enhance transportation infrastructure and
stimulate fiscal improvement. A Saga of the hot South delves into the
mostly untold tale of the decades-long postwar controversies over the reimbursement of that debt.
the result's a massive reinterpretation of late-nineteenth-century Virginia political history.

The post–Civil warfare public debt controversy in Virginia reshaped the
state’s political panorama two times. First it created the stipulations below which the
Readjuster social gathering, a biracial coalition of radical reformers, seized keep an eye on of the state
executive in 1879 and effectively refinanced the debt; then it gave upward push 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 approach of unfastened public faculties, the debt controversy
generated a protracted teach of criminal disputes—at least eighty-five instances reached the Virginia Supreme
court docket of Appeals, and twenty-nine reached the perfect courtroom of the USA. via an
in-depth examine those political and criminal contests, A Saga of the recent South
sheds new gentle at the many stumbling blocks that reformers confronted in Virginia and the South after the
Civil battle.

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