2Radical Republican beliefs Radical Republicans believed blacks were entitled to the same political rights and opportunities as whites.They also believed that Confederate leaders should be punished for what they did during the Civil war.
3Beliefs continuedThey believed that the Federal government should have direct intervention in state affairs and that laws should be designed to protected emancipated blacks.At the heart of their beliefs was the notion that blacks should be given a free-labor economy.
4How the Republicans came into power The Republicans came into power when the Democrats sided with the Confederacy.Republicans dominated in the elections of November 1866.
5Freedmen's bureauThe Freedmen's Bureau provided food, housing, and medical aid, established schools and offered legal assistance for blacks.It also attempted to settle former slaves on Confederate lands confiscated or abandoned during the war.
6Congress introduces bills In 1866, Congress introduced a bill to extend the life of the Freedmen's Bureau and began work on a Civil Rights Bill.
7Johnson's responseJohnson vetoed both of the bills, rejecting that blacks have the "same rights of property and person" as whites.
8Republican reactionsModerate Republicans were appalled at Johnson's racism.Moderates decided to join the Radicals to overturn Johnson's Civil Rights Act veto.This was the first time in history that a major piece of legislation was overturned.
9Tension between presidency and Congress Andrew Johnson was a southern democrat who had owned slaves.The mainly Republican congress thought he was too soft toward the SouthTensions grew
10Thaddeus Stevens Important republican leader in Congress. Staunchly believed in full equalityTook lead in excluding Southern representatives when Congress first met after the Civil WarDisliked Andrew Jackson
11Congress vs. JohnsonPassed laws to restrict power of presidency. One was the Tenure of Office Act, which said Senate approval was needed to remove cabinet members.Johnson defied this.
12Johnson Impeached Thaddeus Stevens proposed impeachment of Johnson. In the spring of 1868, Johnson became the first president to be impeached.He was impeached by the House of Representatives, but acquitted by the Senate.
1314th Amendment"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."This made African Americans citizens, and should give them the rights of citizens of the United States.Passed by Congress June 13, 1866.
14The reconstruction Acts of 1867 First Reconstruction Act- This act divided the South into five military districts and established martial law, also listed the requirements a state must meet to be readmitted into the Union.Second Reconstruction Act- Put the military in charge of protecting voter registration efforts to make sure that no one was refused his right to vote.
15New State Constitutions Congress made Southern states adopt new state constitutions before rejoining the Union, with several requirements.African Americans must be equal before the law.States had to provide certain services, such as hospitals and orphanages.Established free statewide public schools for whites and blacks
16In June of 1868, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama and Florida readmitted to the Union.Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia were the only states that remained, and they faced and an additional requirement...
1715th Amendment"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude."Allowed African Americans to vote.By the beginning of 1868, about 700,000 African Americans were registered voters.
18Force Acts Four acts passed from 1870-1875 Allowed federal authorities to penalize people attempting to stop African Americans from exercising the rights given to them by the 14th and 15th Amendments
19The Black CodesBlack Codes- Laws that restricted freemen's right. They established virtual slavery. The codes where state laws, and Republicans opposed them.CurfewVagrancy LawsLabor ContractsLand Restriction
20The Republican southThe Republican Party consisted of people who had little in common, but had a desire to prosper in the postwar South.The Northern Republicans who moved to the South where known as Carpetbaggers.In the postwar South, people who were white, southern republicans were seen as traitors. Other southerners called these people Scalawags.
21African Americans join Congress Eventually, due to changes in the voting population after the ratification of the 14th amendment, radical Republicans in Congress were joined by African Americans.
22Hiram Rhodes Revels was the first African America to serve, he was elected by the Mississippi State Senate to succeed Albert G. Brown.Joseph Rainey from South Carolina was elected to the House of Representatives. He was the first directly elected black member of Congress to be seated.
23Why Did The Reconstruction Era End? The decline of the Reconstruction Era started when the power in the House shifted from Republican to Democrat.Also, an economical depression was raging throughout the country in 1873, and northern voters became less interested in the Reconstruction in the south and more focused on the economy in the north.Additionally, the scare tactics of the KKK and other southern white groups drove many Republicans out office, giving Democrats a majority in every southern state by 1877.
24Why Did The Reconstruction Era End? Continued... In addition, the conservative Supreme Court repeatedly struck down Radical Republican legislation, issuing rulings that had a devastating effect on blacks' civil liberties.The breaking point of the reconstruction was The Compromise of 1877 and the removal of the remaining federal troops from the South. This signaled the end of the Reconstruction era.
25Sources The History Text Book History. house.gov digitalhistory.uh.edu westga.eduThe Constitution