week 1 discussion - Historians generally regard Reconstruction as a failed opportunity As a result of the Compromise of 1877 most African Americans did

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Historians generally regard Reconstruction as a failed opportunity. As a result of the Compromise of 1877, most African Americans did not begin to gain full civil rights until a century after the Civil War. 1) If Lincoln had not been killed, would Reconstruction have proceeded differently and/or better? To be honest, I do not think Lincoln’s presence would have made that much of a difference at first. Because any moderate approach the he took would be blocked by congress due to the “radical” republicans who would also impose harsh terms, and block the up-grade the rights of the freedmen. On the other hand if Lincoln could have surpassed the term, he could have come as a force to be reckoned with in his next term. He would have pushed the enfranchisement of some freemen, which would have opened up an entirely different can of worms for the states in the south. 2) If you had been in charge, acting within the possible parameters of the

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