Noelie, Ariana, Kirsten, and Jackie

Following Falafel Kings example we (the girls of Fricky Fricky Fre$h) would like to clear some things up as well:
- In no way do we talk like valley girls
- Shopping is not our favorite thing to do
-We do not use "like" to start every sentence
- None of us have had plastic surgery nor do we plan on it
- Our hair colors are natural
- Although we do not deny that Georgia has awesome peaches, Ventura County has the best strawberries
-And we do not look at redheads as the outcasts of California
-And Jackie (far right) does not have a fake tan...I promise.

As a note the picture below is right after Mr. Geib tore up our plan, and by tore up I mean annihilated. Can't you tell by Jackie's hidden face, full of embarassment??

A Fre$h Reconstruction Policy

In the best interest of the post war states, a moderate policy of reconstruction shall be set in place. The main focus will be on the reunification of the United States of America, as well as securing civil rights of all Americans. This moderate policy will effectively set up new government in the South, work to decrease animosity between the North and South, and restore some balance in regards to federal power. Instead of harshly punishing leaders and the confederate states, we are choosing to reunite with simple readmission standards, including the passing of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments as well as allowing a leader to help reset up the government. Along with the standards the south will keep in close contact with the federal government, thus aligning the Country in all aspects relating to government. We do not plan on using military occupation of the south except under extreme provocation, such as organized crime against the union or in extreme violation of the constitutional laws pertaining to civil rights. By use of the moderate reconstruction plan, it is hopeful
Fricky Fricky Fresh!
that the country will be reunited, the continuous animosity will begin to diminish, and the federal powers will rightfully restore its balance aligning the country under a single constitution.

Ex-Confederate leaders of high-ranking are not allowed to hold office of any type. If not present on list (attached below), but their loyalty towards the Union is questionable, they must be sent to the Bureau of Post-War Affairs to decide the legitimacy of their intentions. In order for treasonous actions of an individual to be pardoned, they must present themselves to the Bureau of Post-War Affairs to determine the cruelty and magnitude of their actions against the Union. Actions which categorize an individual for further punishment must be of high magnitude and will be handled accordingly. All actions will be considered under the fact of circumstance, only overly brutal and cruel actions shall be punished.

The Freedman’s Bureau will be established in order to educate freed slaves to better equip them for voting. The Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments will be passed. Freed slaves are to be held as citizens of the state, their rights are not to be suppressed or omitted. Cruel treatment or revocation of these rights by any person will be punishable by federal law. African Americans can be elected into office as long as they gain support from their Southern governments and are voted in, not placed. Any large violation of the Amendments or of the civil rights of a freed slave will entice serious consequences such as: extension of trial government, military enforcement or loss of representation in Congress. Due to the passage of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth amendments, freedmen now have access to public education, must pay the taxes enforced by federal law, and receive the right to vote.

After explaining the new-found policies established with regards to freedmen, it is necessary to acknowledge their privileges, and that of all other Union citizens, in this country. Being that the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments will be passed, freedmen must embrace their inalienable rights, and additionally fulfill their civic roles as established citizens of the United States of America. In accordance with the laws and regulations of this established dominion, these roles include, but are not limited to: making their voices heard by voting in all local, state-wide, and national elections, representing the United States honorably and proudly as American citizens, and, if so desired, holding governmental positions to assist in the betterment of these states’ unity. With regards to the Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments, they must be reworded in order to give voting and full citizenship to women, as well as slaves. This will subsequently put more force behind these two groups of new citizens and the new amendments, and more power to withstand and/or uncover Southern rebels that may persecute these groups. Ideologically speaking, white women are considered higher than black men, so why not give white women the same advantageous rights as citizens? (And might as well give black women the right to vote, since both women and black men can?) Yes, this will raise controversy, but it is the moral duty of the Union to establish this universal equality. In terms of holding office, the same freedoms apply. All citizens of the United States of America can hold office in any civil institution, regardless of race, class or gender, as long as they fulfill the educational requirements of being literate. The only group prohibited from holding any governmental positions are the ex-Confederate leaders considered by the Bureau of Post-War Affairs to be inadequate and unworthy of this privilege (and the illiterate). To be further explained in the next Article, only the appointed Republican leaders from the North will be sanctioned to hold state-wide and local governmental position within the first 6 months of re-admittance back into the Union, unless otherwise stated by the Federal authorities. Southern representatives of Congress may be elected only after winning appropriate majority votes in state-wide Congressional elections.

A number of standards must be satisfied before the re-admittance of any southern states back into the Union. First, the state desiring re-admittance must pass the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments, making slavery illegal, giving citizenship and full rights as citizens to blacks and women, and giving blacks and women the right to vote. Second, the state must abide by these Amendments, or else be liable to military enforcement of these civil rights. Third, a leader of the Federal government’s choosing is to rule the re-admitted state for a trial period of six months, in order to assure peaceful transition of the province back into the United States of America. Congressional representatives can be elected freely by the citizens during this trial period. If, however, citizens of the state impose upon this federally-appointed leader, the state is once again liable to the occupation of military enforcements and an extension of this federally-regulated trial period. After this trial period, citizens may elect any leader of their choosing who successfully gathers the majority vote in a state election. The Federal Government, as in all other states, has the right to override state rulings if, at anytime, they are deemed unconstitutional. No legislature shall be passed, in any states, by any leader, that directly or indirectly contravenes the previously passed Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments (and all other Amendments, for that matter).

Postwar, both North and South have a struggling economy. In order to try and boost it as well as work with all citizens to make them happy, it is necessary to devise a plan based on representation of the people. Simply by allowing states back into the Union, the poor state of the Southern economy will vastly improve, due to the trade that will result. The fact that the North is industrialized allows for the still agriculture-dependent South to establish an outlet for some of their produce. Along with the country’s inner trade, a treaty with Britain will be signed, saying that Britain will agree to open trade with the southern states only once they have joined the Union. This treaty, The Treaty of Postwar Economic Affairs, will act to open up more trade, also allowing the agriculture-dependent South to establish another an outlet for their produce. Once states join back into the Union, their Congressional representatives will be able to keep in close contact with Federal government and have a say in any economic decisions made.

In regards to military involvement in the South, we have come to a consensus that it would be in the best interest of the country if the Union militia was utilized sparingly. Being that our foremost ambition is reunification and peace between the North and South, we must focus on creating a sense of unity about the country. As competent human beings, we realize that military occupation in the South would only create feelings of hostility and animosity amongst the already divided country. In our endeavors to lessen the enmity that resides in our country, we shall work to incorporate the fallen confederacy into the mighty union as peacefully and efficiently as possible. We believe that in order to achieve unity as well as cooperation from the seceded states, we must have the support of military force. However, as previously stated, we would make use of such force cautiously and only when necessary. We plan to take advantage of the Union troop’s influence only when organized, treasonous behavior takes place that, in turn, threatens the Republican rule of the Southern states. Another instance in which military force will be enacted will be if there is proof of organized violation of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth amendments. If such a phenomenon were to occur, the federal government will be forced to use military power in order to protect the Republican leaders and restore order. If the federal government gains knowledge of an organized crime against the Republican state governments, or any controlled offense/violation of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments, the Union troops will, without fail, take charge of the situation and resolve it. We realize that not all crime in the South can be addressed by the Union troops. The only way such an act would be successful is if Union troops were to occupy the South, which we believe would cause much acrimony between the Southern states and the Union (something we do not intend or wish to generate). Considering our primary goal of reconstruction is reunification, we cannot agree to the military occupation of the South. However, as stated before, if there is any threat towards the safety and power of the Republican governor during the six-month trial period, or proof of organized crime in violation of the recently passed amendments, the Union troops will be ordered to intervene and thwart such affairs with no hesitation.

Due to the fact that reunification of the country stands as our primary goal in reconstruction, we felt that all changes made should be sensible and reasonable and not to be too disruptive to the North or the South. With this in mind, we devised a plan that focuses on reunification as well as the advancement of civil rights. Our plan consists of the formation of a bureau in charge of making decisions concerning post-war events and ex-confederates, deciding upon whether they should have the opportunity to hold office. With reunification in mind, we felt that it would be most effective if military force were utilized sparingly. We have no plans of military occupation in the South, considering such occupation would only perpetuate animosity between the North and South, something that we are trying to lessen. Another aspect to our reconstruction proposal that proves to be creative is the placement of Republican governors throughout the Southern states. These governors will hold office for a trial period of six months, and after their “term,” the citizens of the state can vote in a new governor of their choice with the exception of high-ranking confederates. We believe that with Republican leaders in place, it will be much easier for the Southern states to get back on their feet, so to speak. A six-month Republican rule will bring about communication and collaboration between the Southern states and the federal government, therefore promoting reunification in a peaceful manner.

List of Confederates not able to hold any office:

Robert E. Lee
Jefferson Davis
Alexander Stephens
Robert Toombs
Robert M.T. Hunter
Judah P. Benjamin
Christopher Memminger
George Trenholm
John H. Reagan
Leroy Pope Walker
George W. Randolph
James Seddon
George Davis
Albert Sidney Johnston
Joseph E. Johnston
Braxton Bragg
P.G.T. Beauregard
Richard S. Ewell
Samuel Cooper
James Longstreet
Thomas J. “stonewall” Jackson
John Hunt Morgan
A.P. Hill
John Bell Hood
Wade Hampton III
John C. Breckinridge
Stephen Mallory
Thomas Bragg
Thomas H. Watts
George Davis
John Hunt Morgan
John Bell Hood
Wade Hampton III
Nathan Bedford Forrest
John Singleton Mosby
George Trenholm
J.E.B Stuart
Edward Porter Alexander
Franklin Buchanan
Raphael Semmes
Stand Watie
Leonidas Polk
Jubal Anderson
Richard Taylor
Lloyd J. Beall
Stephen Dodson Ramseur
Camille Armand Jules Marie
John Austin Wharton
Thomas L. Rosser
Patrick Cleburne
Howell Cobb
Robert Woodward Barnwell
Thomas Stanhope Bocock
Josiah Abigail Patterson Campbell
William G. Jones
Daniel Ringo
Jesse J. Finley
Henry R. Jackson
Edward J. Harden
Edwin Warren Moise
Alexander Mosby Clayton
Asa Biggs
Andrew G. Magrath
Benjamin F. Perry
West H. Humphreys
William Pinckney Hill
Thomas J. Devine
James Halyburton
John W. Brockenbrough



Hey Guys,

So overall I really like yal's plan. I think there are a lot of good ideas here that I believe would have a great chance of working. One of the ideas I liked the most was the idea of the "trial period." I think it would cause a lot of animosity from the south, but in the long term I think it would help to secure peaceful re-admittance to the union. The rest of my thoughts are mainly small stuff that certainly wouldn't be deal breakers. One of these is I was wondering how the voting privileges would be enforced so that no scare tactics are used to keep only white males being allowed to vote. Secondly, on the idea of the economy the plan may have some problems due to the southern farmland being largely destroyed. Most southern farmers have no crops to sell back to the north, and thus it will probably take more federal interference to get the southern economy back on it's feet. Finally, I think it might be a good idea to use troops from both the north and south mixed together in order to police the new amendments. This I think will help to create less animosity among the southerners towards the troops. Also, Stonewall Jackson is dead so you probably wouldn't have to have him on the list. Like I said, Its great overall so my ideas are just small picky stuff.

Feel free to respond back, even if its totally unrelated. Heres my totally unrelated comment: Don't be too jelous about our snow day because in general the weather has been awful here. Having been to California a couple times I would take yal's amazing weather all the time over one snow day. Last week I heard it was colder in Atlanta than Anchorage, so yeah... I'll take yal's weather any day.

Andrew Parrish

Haha thanks! It has been pretty nice here up till now, we have been having a few rainy days. Its amazing how whiny we get when the weather isn't nice, and how many people freak out when they hear thunder. I wish I could say the same about going to Georgia, but I have only been to Virginia and Maryland.

Kirsten Garbe
P.S. My grandma's from the South and I have to say your food....AMAZING! Especially the grits and brisket...yum :)

Our food is amazing I will agree with that. Fried okra and collard greens are two of the greatest things ever created. Thinking of lightning storms they are insanely common here during the summer because of the heat, so nobody takes them seriously here. The only time people freak out is when is causes a rain delay during braves games. People here are obsessed with college football, myself included (oh and my team is Georgia Tech not the UGa dawgs), but baseball games during the summer are so much fun even in the heat.

So I just saw yal's comment about how Mr. Geib tore up your paper, and I have to ask how did that happen lol.


Just so you know, Andrew spelled y'all wrong. It's you + all = y'all. Yal is nonexistant.
-KC (of the Falafel Kings)

Well to answer Andrew's question..... Mr.Geib decided to make an example out of us and asked us to present first, without any warning that we would be presenting, then he preceded to ask complicated and crazy questions that no one could answer, so after humiliation he let all the other groups go without annihilating them.
- Ariana
p.s i love thunderstorms!

I hate to ask, but what is fried orka? I have never heard of it before...
Haha, CA has so many college football teams that I think many people don't take the time to follow one team in specific. I love watching football, its one of those daddy-daughter bonding thing my dad and I have. Since it is a big thing in my family, it is USC all the way for me!
And to add on to Ariana's comment, he basically found a flaw in everything we said. It was one of the most intense and difficult moments of my life.

Okra is a kind of vegetable. Look it up on google and i swear it looks disgusting, but it tastes amazing. College football is amazing, and thinking of USC it was hilarious to see all the Tennessee fans here going insane after they heard Lane Kiffen was leaving.

Thats kinda awful what happened to yal during the presentation. Normally i find that going first allows for some lenience, but I guess not in that case. I agree on thunderstorms they are amazing. When I'm in charleston at my grandpa's beach house nothing is better than late afternoon storms coming in. The only time I don't like them when it causes rain delays during braves games, that can ruin my night.