11 - and biracial” o Reconstruction governments were wastefully expensive Fact Reconstruction governments were expensive but for good reason •

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9/2/11 Common assertions about reconstruction o Andrew Johnson vilified for carrying out Lincoln’s generous policies toward (white) South We were actually very different in number of respects, but esp. on race o During Reconstruction, the south was subjected to military dictatorship Fact: federal troops were few in number, stretched at all sides o Reconstruction was a period of “Negro domination” Fact: blacks never represented in govt anywhere near proportional to share of voters o “Carpetbaggers” came South for political exploitation “The citizens of each state shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in the several states.” US Constitution Article IV section 2 nobody minded Democrats from North moving south American Dream Carpetbaggers headed south before blacks were even allowed to vote, proving the assertion wrong o Reconstruction government were characterized by unprecedented corruption Fact: John Hope Franklin “Corruption was bisexual, bipartisan,
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Unformatted text preview: and biracial” o Reconstruction governments were wastefully expensive Fact: Reconstruction governments were expensive, but for good reason • Not Wasteful o Led to Land Grant Schools Like TAMU o Intended a lot more than what was accomplished o Republican stole election of 1876 Fact: Democrats stole it, and Republicans stole it back, would have won in fair vote o The Compromise of 1877 slammed the door on black political participation Fact: more like a long downward spiral that only hit bottom around 1900 • Superficial similarities, black suffrage o Lincoln and Johnsons letters to Governors Symbolic more than substantive, not applicational Lincoln mentions blacks in the army, Johnson doesn’t Enemy for Lincoln is liberty, Enemy for Johnson is republican radicals • Fundamental differences, racial attitudes o Johnson very racist, Lincoln not racist • Myths of Reconstruction...
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2011 for the course HIST 106 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '08 term at Texas A&M.

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11 - and biracial” o Reconstruction governments were wastefully expensive Fact Reconstruction governments were expensive but for good reason •

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