Essay on The Legacy Of President Abraham Lincoln

759 Words Feb 4th, 2015 4 Pages
When President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, his vice president Andrew Johnson became president. He was only around for a month and was elected. Andrew Johnson was not the person you would expect him to be. Johnson was from the south of Tennessee, where he was a democratic. He did not come from a wealthy family, he grew up very poor. Johnson did not support succession and was a very hot headed person. In the summer of 1865 leading into the year of 1866 was a big deal for some, especially for the freedmen of Edisto, Island. Andrew Johnson was a well needed person for the freedmen who wanted their own land, he had to give them the right to it. There are two very important documents that talks about the freedmen, their freedom, and their rights. The two documents are From Petition of Committee in Behalf of Freedmen to Andrew Johnson (1865) and From A Sharecropping Contract (1866), that was written by Thomas J. Ross. How is the importance of land ownership reflected in the documents? Does the contract reflect the newfound freedom of the former slaves? Has their life changed dramatically with freedom? After the civil war, reconstruction in the south began. Freed slaves were granted their freedom and was also promised land of their own. The importance of land ownership was very important to the freed slaves. During reconstruction, Andrew Johnson ordered land that had been distributed to freed slaves in South Carolina and Georgia returned to its former owners (Foner 566). The…

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