Escape from Reconstruction

Escape from Reconstruction

Escape from Reconstruction

Escape from Reconstruction

Excerpt

The desire to escape from reality is as old as man. The promise of a fortune at the end of a Latin rainbow charmed the war weary Confederates southward across the Rio Grande. There they dreamed of finding a lush Garden of Eden where the horrors of the recently ended fratricidal conflict might somehow be forgotten. The exotic magnetism of a tropical Mexico where fertile valleys lay uncultivated seemed a beckoning paradise to be theirs for the asking.

But the road to the land of mañana was not the peaceful road to happiness. The dream of a utopian New Confederacy faded under the ugly twin realities of anarchy and war. The bud of Latin colonization by the Confederates was blighted before it reached full bloom. They learned that there was never an escape from dangerous insecurity even in a new land of breath taking beauty. In the war torn homes they had left behind was, after all, their only hope of contentment. The Mexican road had been the wrong route for escape.

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