A history of the reconstruction

Stephens, the vice president of the Confederacy, were elected to Congress. Having lost their enormous investment in slaves, white planters had minimal capital to pay freedmen workers to bring in crops. They have tended to show that the new governments deserved credit for making the first efforts to establish racial democracy in the South; that far from being vindictive, they speedily extended amnesty to former Confederates; and that many radical officeholders, black and white alike, did not compare unfavorably with their conservative colleagues.

Loyal to the Union during the Civil War, they saw the Republican Party as a means of keeping Confederates from regaining power in the South. This was followed by a period which white Southerners labeled "Redemption", during which white-dominated state legislatures enacted Jim Crow laws and, beginning indisenfranchised most blacks and many poor whites through a combination of constitutional amendments and electoral laws.


The withdrawal of Union troops in brought renewed attempts to strip African-Americans of their newly acquired rights. Congress passed a statute that gave the President the authority to suspend the appropriations of any tribe if the tribe is "in a state of actual hostility to the government of the United States Eventually, as the Union Armies advanced into the Confederacy millions of slaves were set free.

3 Reconstruction

A few more stitches Andy and the good old Union will be mended. What Lincoln would have done if he had lived is difficult to establish. The Waning of Reconstruction But the experiment could not last. After appointing Grant secretary ad interim, he also removed some radical major generals in the South.

Grant was reelected in in the most peaceful election of the period. Many free blacks had been opposed to colonization plans in the past and wanted to remain in the United States.

For a time, African Americans continued to vote, although in decreasing numbers, but by the turn of the century they had been almost completely eliminated from Southern politics.

Freed slaves suffered from smallpox, yellow fever, and malnutrition. What was to be done with the Confederate leaders, who were seen as traitors by many in the North? Some balked at nullifying the secession ordinances, others hesitated or failed to repudiate the Confederate debt, and Mississippi refused to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment.

Johnson was acquitted by one vote, but he lost the influence to shape Reconstruction policy. The Senate, by a single vote, failed to convict him, but his power to hinder radical reform was diminished.

Hayes and Democrat Samuel J. Visit Website Did you know? Historians debate if Lincoln gave up on African-American colonization at the end of or if he actually planned to continue this policy up until Appointing provisional governors—executives who were to call constitutional conventions—first for North Carolina and then for the other states, Johnson expected the restored states to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery, nullify the secession ordinances, and repudiate the Confederate debt, although he did not even insist on these conditions.

He experimented by giving land to blacks in South Carolina. A century later, the legacy of Reconstruction would be revived during the civil rights movement of the s, as African Americans fought for the political, economic and social equality that had long been denied them.

The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

The issue was how to receive the four million Freedmen as citizens. We put the musket in his hands because it was necessary; for the same reason we must give him the franchise.

This important struggle was waged by radical northerners who wanted to punish the South and Southerners who desperately wanted to preserve their way of life. The moderates in Congress wanted virtually all of them to vote, but the Radicals resisted.

Congressional Republicans and Reconstruction, — Accordingly, in the summer of the compliant states were readmitted and the Fourteenth Amendment declared in force. Congress then developed a Reconstruction plan of its own: Library of Congress, Washington, D.

In the s and s the terms "radical" and "conservative" had distinctive meanings. Passing a resolution of impeachment on 24 Februaryit put the president on trial before the Senate. On July 17, under the authority of the Confiscation Acts and an amended Force Bill ofhe authorized the recruitment of freed slaves into the Union army and seizure of any Confederate property for military purposes.

It was in this era that the Ku Klux Klan was born. But the president was wholly opposed to the measure.Reconstruction refers to the period following the Civil War of rebuilding the United States. It was a time of great pain and endless questions.


It was a time of great pain and endless questions. On what terms would the Confederacy be allowed back into the Union? "[Reconstruction is] a story of how ordinary people facing very difficult odds tried to create a better society, tried to create a functioning democracy, and tried.

The Union victory in the Civil War in may have given some 4 million slaves their freedom, but the process of rebuilding the South during the Reconstruction period () introduced a new. Reconstruction, in U.S.

Reconstruction era

history, the period (–77) that followed the American Civil War and during which attempts were made to redress the inequities of slavery and its political, social, and economic legacy and to solve the problems arising from the readmission to the Union of the 11 states that had seceded at or before the outbreak of war.

The period after the Civil War, -was called the Reconstruction period. Abraham Lincoln started planning for the reconstruction of the South during the Civil War as Union soldiers occupied huge areas of the South. He wanted to bring the Nation back together as quickly as possible and in.

Eric Foner is the preeminent historian of the Reconstruction, having written about it for three decades and won the available major prizes for his books. This, the most recent edition of his short history of Reconstruction, will be just right for some readers, while others will prefer the latest edition of his longer, magisterial work on the topic/5(79).

A history of the reconstruction
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