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Radical Reconstruction Constitution had given Congress the primary role in admission of states – therefore Congress shall administer readmission Duty to guarantee republican form of government Although small in number, Radicals aided by clearly defined goals and unity of purpose Democratize the South, ensure black suffrage and the rights of the freed people Supported land confiscation and redistribution Wanted an activist government committed to racial equality Moderates and other Republicans wary of activist government, but now very angry! Johnson’s outright refusal to cooperate with Moderate and Conservative Republicans led to this anger
Radical Republicans 1: 2, 4, 9 Reconstruction Acts March 1867 – 1st Reconstruction Act Officially readmitted states into the Union Created 5 military districts under Union Generals and garrisons Excluded Confederates as per the 14th Amendment Guaranteed suffrage in elections for state conventions Required states to ratify the 14th Amendment, draw up a new state

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