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|as in many things absolutism usually misses the mark when trying to ascertain "THE TRUTH" regarding a morally sensitive and factually subjective issue such as reconstruction. Usually those who espouse their views as "THE TRUTH" are deeply entrenched as well as emotionally attached to a particularly polarized school of thought regarding the issue being discussed and are loath to appreciate any information that does not reinforce their argument. Just look at American politics for a prime example. My point being that when delving into a matter like reconstruction it is important to keep an open mind regarding the facts and to realize that the truth is usually somewhere in between the extremes. Otherwise it's just an adult version of "DID NOT...DID TOO...DID NOT...DID TOO!" and the result is nothing more than a well researched shouting match.