A history of the reconstruction

Congress, at this time controlled by the Radicals, proposed the Wade—Davis Bill that required a majority of the state electorates to take the oath of loyalty to be admitted to Congress. Grant in took aim at the Klan and others who attempted to interfere with black suffrage and other political rights, white supremacy gradually reasserted its hold on the South after the early s as support for Reconstruction waned.

He was assassinated three days later, however, and it would fall to his successor to put plans for Reconstruction in place. He later tried to disband the group when they became too violent. But, as he said in his second inaugural address, pleading for "malice toward none" A history of the reconstruction "charity for all," he was anxious for a speedy reconciliation between the sections.

Hayes and Democrat Samuel J. They passed the Military Reconstruction Acts ofwhich divided the South into five military districts and outlined how the new governments would be designed. In —after an economic depression plunged much of the South into poverty—the Democratic Party won control of the House of Representatives for the first time since the Civil War.

On 12 August he suspended Edwin M. 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 Men worked as rail workers, rolling and lumber mills workers, and hotel workers.


Although the military conflict had ended, Reconstruction was in many ways still a war. But in spite of an increasing radical commitment to votes for blacks, the majority of the party hesitated.

Increasingly, the new Southern governments looked to Washington, D. They created new state constitutions to set new directions for southern states. The new legislatures were expected to ratify the Fourteenth Amendmentand certain Confederate officeholders were for a time barred from voting and holding office.


Thaddeus Stevens, photo by Mathew Brady. He also outlined how new state governments would be created. During the Civil War, the Radical Republican leaders argued that slavery and the Slave Power had to be permanently destroyed. Sheply as Military Governor of Louisiana in MaySheply sent two anti-slavery representatives, Benjamin Flanders and Michael Hahnelected in Decemberto the House which capitulated and voted to seat them.

It was the Radical Republicans who impeached President Johnson in Unable to protect themselves, Southern blacks and Republicans looked to Washington for protection.

When establishing new requirements such as subjectively administered literacy testsin some states, they used " grandfather clauses " to enable illiterate whites to vote.

President Johnson vetoed all the Radical initiatives, but Congress overrode him each time. They did not hold office in numbers representative of their proportion in the population, but often elected whites to represent them. Under federal bayonets, blacks, including those who had recently been freed, received the right to vote, hold political offices, and become judges and police chiefs.

If they were to be fully counted as citizens, some sort of representation for apportionment of seats in Congress had to be determined.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 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.

3 Reconstruction

He wanted to bring the Nation back together as quickly as possible and in. Reconstruction, in U.S. 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 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 US history, the process of restoring the former Confederate states to the Union after the Civil War.

It was the cause of fierce controversy within Congress. The relatively pro-Southern approach of President Andrew Johnson led to his impeachment, which failed by one vote.

A history of the reconstruction
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