Reconstruction of america after civil war

He said that any southerner who took an oath to the Union would be given a pardon. Racism was still a potent force in both South and North, and Republicans became more conservative and less egalitarian as the decade continued. The first state to be readmitted to the Union was Tennessee in I was especially taken with the courageous, indefatigable activism of Ida Tarbell and role of speaker, organizer and towering public intellectual W.

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Johnson broke with the Republicans after vetoing two key bills that supported the Freedmen's Bureau and provided federal civil rights to the freedmen. What was the citizenship and suffrage status of freedmen? What was the status of the former Confederate states? He removed the federal troops from the South and the state governments took over. When southern whites opted for military occupation rather than registering black voters, Congress put the military in charge of the process. How should republicanism operate in the South? To blacks, freedom meant independence from white control. The Radicals insisted that meant Congress decided how Reconstruction should be achieved. Apart from being required to uphold the abolition of slavery in compliance with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution , swear loyalty to the Union and pay off war debt, southern state governments were given free reign to rebuild themselves. Grant was elected president that fall see United States presidential election of A "Second Reconstruction", sparked by the Civil Rights Movement , led to civil rights laws in and that ended legal segregation and re-opened the polls to blacks. Army except in Tennessee, where anti-Johnson Republicans were already in control. Overview[ edit ] As Confederate states came back under control of the U. They constituted the Bourbon wing of the national Democratic Party. Hillary Clinton is the first woman to run for president as the nominated candidate of one of the two major parties, Democrat and Republican.

For me, this serious glossing over what actually happened imposed limits on what lessons might be derived from Reconstruction and applied to our situation today. People had to resort to bartering services for goods, or else try to obtain scarce Union dollars.

The foundations of their institutions Viewers will have to come to grips with the massacre of American-American men, women and children in Opelousas, Louisiana in With the Compromise ofmilitary intervention in Southern politics ceased and Republican control collapsed in the last three state governments in the South.

However, historian Heather Cox Richardson notes that reactionary Southerners and liberal anti-slavery Northern elites eventually persuaded enough people that Reconstruction was in a sense, anathema to the American system.

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What was the status of the former Confederate states? Ten years after the end of the civil war, the national mood had shifted.

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Rejoining the Union New governments were formed in the South starting in Even in untouched areas, the lack of maintenance and repair, the absence of new equipment, the heavy over-use, and the deliberate relocation of equipment by the Confederates from remote areas to the war zone ensured the system would be ruined at war's end.

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.

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Reconstruction: America After the Civil War