What were the relationships between Southerners – both white and black and Yankee soldiers during the year 1865?

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Stephen V. Ash, A Year in the South 1865

1. What were the relationships between Southerners – both white and black and Yankee soldiers during the year 1865? From the many characters in this book, give examples of how the end of the war brought about these struggles. Give examples and quotes from A Year in the South to support your answer.

2. How did the different backgrounds of John, Cornelia, Lou and Samuel affect their abilities to adjust to the end of the war? How did the end of the war affect their daily lives? Explain, making sure to support your answer with evidence and quotes from the text.

3. What hardships did both black and white Southerners face in the last months of the war and the first months of the post-war era in the South? Were these hardships unique to individuals because of their race, sex, age or region? Explain, making sure to give evidence and quotes from the text to support your answers.