Johnson - Several states refused to either repudiate the...

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Johnson's policies.  In May 1865, with Congress out of session, Johnson began to implement his own  Reconstruction program. Amnesty was granted to any southerner who took an oath of  allegiance, with the exception of Confederate officials, officers, and wealthy landowners.  Exclusion of the last group reflected Johnson's hatred of the planter aristocracy rather  than some condition that had to do with restoring the former Confederate states. Those  who were not eligible for amnesty could appeal for a pardon. Johnson appointed  provisional governors and authorized them to set up state conventions, which in turn  were charged with declaring secession illegal; repudiating Confederate debts; ratifying  the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States; and  scheduling elections. Once each convention's elections were held for governor, state  legislators, and members of Congress, the states would be readmitted to the Union. 
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Unformatted text preview: Several states refused to either repudiate the huge debt produced by the war or unconditionally accept the Thirteenth Amendment. Southern voters also elected to Congress high-ranking Confederate officials and officers, some of whom had not received one of the thirteen thousand pardons Johnson issued during the summer of 1865. The new state legislatures adopted so-called black codes to keep the newly freed African Americans, or freedmen, in their place. Blacks were required to either sign labor contracts or face arrest for vagrancy, and they were not allowed to serve on juries or testify in court. Despite these violations of both the letter and spirit of his program, the president announced that Reconstruction was complete in December 1865. However, Congress refused to seat the newly elected senators and representatives from the South....
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