Reconstruction Vs Radical Reconstruction

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When South Carolina first held a convention to consider secession, they voted unanimously to leave the Union and by February 1, they had six followers; Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. These states then formed the Confederate States of America. The secession is very symbolic of the divide that was already present between the North and the South. It showed who was for the Union and who was against it. If the Confederate States of America would have been any weaker they may not have been able to survive on their own. However, there was so much opposition to the North that there was very little keeping them in the Union.
When the Civil War finally broke out, President Lincoln and the Union’s official policy toward
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Radical Reconstruction was comprised of the previous Confederate states being divided into five military districts that were each controlled by a general. First, the commander held voter-registration campaigns. These campaigns were held to “enroll black people and to bar white people who had held office before the Civil War and supported the Confederacy” (Goldfield et. al. 364). The voters that were eligible after the campaigns elected delegates to go to state convention and write a new constitution that would guarantee all free men the right to vote. This Reconstruction plan made it likely for Republicans would run offices and the rights of former slaves would be protected. However, many southerners that were not given the right to participate in this process deemed it illegitimate. Radical Reconstruction and Presidential Reconstruction differed in who was in charge and what came about as a result of the Reconstruction …show more content…
Some election years were met with increased amounts of racial violence. They also used Reconstruction to remain in Power. “During the next century, whenever southern Democrats felt threatened, they reminded their white constituents of the sacrifices of heroism of the war, the ‘horrors of Reconstruction,’ the menace of black rule, and the cruelty of the Yankee occupiers” (Goldfield et. al. 374). The Reconstruction was thought to bring immense suffering to the South so they were able to get away with the violence and racial

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