The results of this legislation were an out roar in the north.The outrage that was witnessed minimized support for the legislation that was known as the presidential reconstruction.An era was full of so much pain and endless questions.
Detractors of the campaign for full black male suffrage were attempting to discredit abolitionist Radical Republicans set the agenda in Congress in the waning days of the Civil War.
Many were former abolitionists who represented Northern constituencies and looked to implement in the postwar South what the historian Eric Foner has described as their “utopian vision of a nation whose citizens enjoyed equality of civil and political rights, secured by a powerful and beneficent state.” Radical Republicans emphasized the political equality of American men, yet with few exceptions, stopped short of calling to fully integrate society.
The period after the Civil war has always been referred to as the reconstruction era.
The reconstruction era can be defined from two perspectives.
It, on the contrary, gave a lifeline for a win for a more radical reconstruction by the Republican Party.
All this was commenced in 1867, which saw African-Americans having voice in the government for the first time in history.It changed the position the blacks occupied in society.All the achievements within this period have been associated with the two presidents that were in power within this era.The slaves however pushed for this policy on their own in 1862 headed by thousands to the Union lines as the Lincoln’s troops marched through the south.It redefined the notion proliferated by the “peculiar institution” that slaves were content in their position.On New Year’s Day 1863, Republican President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves in captured portions of the Confederacy, a decision which helped win the war and which brought a new order to the United States.The North’s victory in 1865 ensured that the newly freed slaves would stay free, but their emancipation generated new questions about the future economic and political landscape of the South.Sumner and Stevens hoped President Andrew Johnson, who succeeded the assassinated President Lincoln in April 1865, would be even harsher than Lincoln in readmitting Confederate states.But Johnson, a former slaveowner from East Tennessee, believed in limited federal intervention and did not share the Radical Republicans’ sweeping vision of the rights of African Americans.The paper looks at reconstruction from these two perspectives.The end of the Civil war in the year 1865 gave about four million slaves their freedom.