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Unformatted text preview: ull military occupation of the South. 134 - Still, during his term the Radicals were able to pass the
Fifteenth Amendment [ratified in 1870], which
attempted to write equality into the constitution by
forbidding states to prohibit the right to vote based on
race, color, or previous condition of slavery. The problem
w/the law was that it allowed states to restrict suffrage on
many other grounds [sometimes using bogus “literacy”
- After the 15th Amendment, the North began to lose
interest in Reconstruction, as most considered that it had
*The Reconstruction Governments in Power*
- So what did all these laws actually do? Well…e/t many
white Southerners tried their best to sabotage black civil
rights and participation in government, the new Southern
Republican party came to power in the constitutional
conventions of 1868 to 1870 [due in some part to
enthusiastic black voting].
- As a result, the new southern state constitutions were
more democratic. Furthermore, at least initially, the
Republicans [some blacks, too] were elected to serve in
their new governments.
- In power, the Republicans strove for legitimacy by being
lenient on ex-Confederates and not going beyond
equality before the law with regard to rights for blacks.
This would eventually lead to their downfall as it failed to
secure white support and simultaneously alienated black
- The one area where all sides in the South found
agreement was economics: Reconstruction laws
encouraged investment/industrialization, which helped in
135 some cases but also increased corruption and drew
money away from other programs.
- Not all areas of economics were as easy to settle,
however, as the question of land redistribution was very
important to blacks but was not attended to by the
*The Conservative Response to Reconstruction*
- Sadly, w/o a stable base of support, it didn’t take very
long for white supremacists to once again begin to
dominate Southern government. Conservatives exploited
several aspects of Reconstruction in order to regain
control, such as: The myth of “Negro Rule” – to unite whites,
conservatives represented the new Republican
gov’ts as oppr...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2014 for the course APUSH AP United taught by Professor Orban during the Fall '10 term at Harrison High School, Harrison.
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