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Big Picture What was the biggest surprise of Reconstruction? That white Southerners violently resisted? That the freedmen proved very capable of exercising political power and holding office? That some of the Reconstruction Era governments were corrupt? That the federal government had to aggressively intervene in order to protect the freedmen? That eventually Northerners and the federal government largely walked away? That by the end of the century Northerners and Southerners had united behind a narrative that cast white Southerners as victims?