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Aftermath of the Civil War

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The Civil War brought great change for everyone in Texas, white and Black alike.The plantation owners lost their plantations and their hold on Texas politics. White residents of Texas lost their citizenship. Money was worthless in a broken-down economy. Lawlessness was rampant.Slaves gained their freedom and citizenship, but it was still a difficult, often violent adjustment. In most cases, slaves had not been taught how to read and write and with limited resources, they were often at the mercy of landowners.The KKK, a strong force in Bastrop County, terrorized Black people carrying out lynchings and other acts of violence. As late as Sept. 22, 1921, the ...

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