Sunday, April 11, 2010
Rather than submitting to the horrendous oppression which accompanied reconstruction, as many as ten to twenty thousand Confederate cotton planters traveled to Brazil at the invitation of Emperor Dom Pedro II in years following the War for Southern Independence. Today their unreconstructed descendants make up the "Confederado" population of Brazil. Fond of the Southern Cross and their uniquely American heritage, every year the Confederados celebrate the Southern aspects of their culture. It is worth noting that the racial problems Dixie is so often stereotyped for are nonexistent in the areas surrounding "Americana," the Confederate settlement- further supporting the idea that it was the North's undignified misuse of blacks as political tools during reconstruction which poisoned race relations in the South.