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Week 6 Response Johnson directly opposed radical and moderate Republicans in their commitment towards black equality and instead was outspoken for South yeomanry as seen through his lenient Reconstruction policy granting amnesty to Confederate leaders. His presidency saw unprecedented patronage in Southern government and the rising of Confederate political representation in the South, reverting antebellum sentiment on black rights. Johnson’s reconstruction was empowering a “white man’s government” to shape black civil rights. This contributed to the entry of the Jim crow era, anti black violence by groups like the KKK, and the Black Codes which grossly limited black rights and their economic options by enforcing unfair labor contracts and vagrancy laws. Congress however was unified in establishing black suffrage as the main focus of Reconstruction. Through Johnson’s behavior, the uproar of the Black Codes, vetoing of extending the Freedmen's Bureau and of the Civil Rights Bill in 1866 came Congress’s rapid
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  • Fall '10
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  • Law, Southern United States, Ulysses S. Grant, Reconstruction era of the United States

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