A history of the conditions of freed slaves during the reconstruction era

Some had escaped from slavery to the North, become educated, and returned to help the South advance in the postwar era.

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In his maiden speech to the Senate on March 16,he argued for the reinstatement of the black legislators of the Georgia General Assembly, who had been illegally ousted by white Democratic Party representatives.

With that fundamental reality in mind, Ask students to identify the major stakeholders in Reconstruction.

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It was directed at black people. He represented Mississippi in and As a senator, Revels advocated compromise and moderation. Was there retaliatory violence against whites?

Why did reconstruction fail

Sharecropping was by far the most economically efficient, as it provided incentives for workers to produce a bigger harvest. Were the former slaves American citizens now? For blacks, the end of slavery of course did not mean the end of work, but rather an end to forced labor. It divided the states of the South into military districts under federal military command. Carpetbaggers were seen as insidious Northern outsiders with questionable objectives, who attempted to meddle with, and control, Southern politics. It was the Proclamation, moreover, more than any other single wartime event, that transformed a war of armies into a conflict of societies. Full federal enforcement of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments did not occur until passage of legislation in the mids as a result of the African-American Civil Rights Movement — However impoverished and credit starved, the former Confederacy was integrated back into the national economy , laying the foundation for the future emergence of the most dynamic industrial economy in the world. Provided by: Boundless. These repressive codes enraged many in the North, including numerous members of Congress, which refused to seat congressmen and senators elected from the southern states.

Radicals strongly opposed slavery during the war and after the war distrusted ex-Confederates, demanding harsh policies for the former rebels, and emphasizing civil rights and voting rights for freedmen recently freed slaves.

Many students may wonder why poor white southerners did not forge an alliance with former slaves. If your students are like mine, many will propose that Reconstruction should have guaranteed equal rights for all Americans.

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The Congressional elections turned on the issue of Reconstruction, producing a sweeping Republican victory in the North, and providing the Radical Republicans with sufficient control of Congress to override Johnson's vetoes and commence their own "Radical Reconstruction" in

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