As 1866 began1

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As 1866 began, and Congress and Johnson argued over Reconstruction policies,  Johnson was left with the conundrum of Grant's presence. The general was far too  popular to get rid of, yet the longer he was around Washington the bigger a threat he  became to Johnson's political future. Grant, who had always favored a generous peace,  tried to work out a compromise position between the radical Republicans and Johnson– especially after Grant's tour of the South found the region's people yearning for a  peaceful settlement. However, Johnson's pro-Southern policies, the outbreak of  renewed violence towards blacks, and rioting in the former Confederacy disturbed  Grant, who had been promoted to a full generalship by Congress in 1866. A tour of the  country by Johnson, accompanied by Grant, turned into a debacle, as the country  reacted unfavorably toward Johnson. Grant's advisers feared that such feelings would 
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Summer '08 term at Texas State.

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