The Civil War and Reconstructio1

The Civil War and Reconstructio1 - The Civil War and...

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Unformatted text preview: The Civil War and Reconstruction Lincolns leadership and end of slavery THE END OF RECONSTRUCTION As time passed, it became more and more obvious that the problems of the South were not being solved by harsh laws and continuing rancor against former Confederates. Moreover, some Southern Radical state governments with prominent African-American officials appeared corrupt and inefficient. The nation was quickly tiring of the attempt to impose racial democracy and liberal values on the South with Union bayonets. In May 1872, Congress passed a general Amnesty Act, restoring full political rights to all but about 500 former rebels. Gradually Southern states began electing members of the Democratic Party into office, ousting carpetbagger governments and intimidating African Americans from voting or attempting to hold public office. By 1876 the Republicans remained in power in only attempting to hold public office....
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