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Reconstruction and the West 1 Running head: Reconstruction and the West Reconstruction and the West Vanessa Suarez Nicholas Weeks HST/165
Reconstruction and the West 2 Reconstruction and the West Reconstruction Some historians argue that Radical Reconstruction was not radical enough. After studying the events of the late 19th century, defend whether or not you agree with this position. What are the long-term implications? Radical Reconstruction was not very well thought out. The Reconstruction of the South was in my opinion foreshadowing of events yet to come. From the very first day of reconstruction they had evident holes in the plans. The fact that they did not have a clear plan as to how they were going to start the “Reconstruction” was a clear sign that they had not planned beyond the war. The death of Lincoln in 1865 was a huge set back as well; although Jackson had seemed to be on board with all of Lincoln’s plans he must have changed his mind when he came into office. At the end of May 1865, President Andrew Johnson announced his plans for Reconstruction, which reflected both his staunch Unionism and his firm belief in states’ rights In Johnson’s view, the

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