HIST 2620 CT16 - HIST 2620 A People and a Nation Ch 16...

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HIST 2620: A People and a Nation Ch. 16: Reconstruction: An Unfinished Revolution Wartime Reconstruction --Issue as early as 1863 >>> Key questions : How would the nation be restored? How would southern states and leaders be treated—as errant brothers or as traitors? What was the constitutional basis for readmission of states to the Union, and where, if anywhere, could American statesmen look for precedence or guidance? >>> Problems : 1. Who would rule in the South once it was defeated? 2. Who would rule the federal government—Congress or the president? 3. What were the dimensions of black freedom, and what rights under law would the freedmen enjoy? 4. Would Reconstruction be a preservation of the old republic or a second Revolution, a reinvention of a new republic? >>> Abe Lincoln : Worst fear the war would collapse at the end into guerrilla warfare across the South --Insisted on lenient terms to southern soldiers once they surrendered --“Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction”: replace majority rule
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