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  1. Redemption Unit 4 Section 3

  2. GA’s redemption period followed its Reconstruction period. • During this time many people struggled to overcome the hardships that Reconstruction brought. • The “Redeemers” also wanted to take back the control of the state government from the Republicans Georgia’s Redemption

  3. Joseph E. Brown/ Alfred H. Colquitt and John B. Gordon = Democrats. • All of these men wanted stronger economic ($) ties with the industrial North in order to make GA’s economy stronger ($$) • Believed in white supremacy (belief that white race is superior (better than) any other race) • 3 men were called “The Bourbon Triumvirate”

  4. These leaders helped carry GA through economic reconstruction as they lowered taxes, reduced the war debts, and expanded business and industry. • They were criticized for doing little to help the poor, improve education, improve mental hospitals and jails. • After Reconstruction was over the Democrats took over state politics. Bourbon Triumvirate

  5. Rebecca Felton and her husband William H. Felton were reformers who helped to end the influence of the Bourbon Trimuvirate (pg315) • Used “Cartersville Courant” to attack the Bourbons • The Bourbons and the Feltons clashed over the issue of the convict lease system The Challenge

  6. A serious problem was the way that prisoners were treated • Lack of jobs led to an increase in crime. • Almost 90% of prisoners were black • Convict lease system: prisoners were hired out (leased) to people who provided them with housing and food in exchange for labor. Also allowed them to rest on Sunday’s and provide medical care. Prisoners

  7. A lot of the “rules” were ignored • Most prisoners did not have clothes, medical care or food. • 1880 legislation agreed to look at this type of “care” • 1897 Convict lease law was changed • Separated male and female prisoners/ old & sick inmates were separated as well. But….

  8. 1874 Dr. Felton was elected to Congress and served there until 1880 • He pushed for improvements in education, prison reform, and limits on alcohol traffic in the state. • Helped inspire the “Populist Movement” Dr. Felton