The Reconstruction Period

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subscribers only, 1905 - Reconstruction - 571 pages

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Extremely dated and biased view of Reconstruction from a privileged white male.
"No more pathetic picture is presented than that of these four and a half million black people suddenly freed by the
events of the Civil War. ... They had lived on plantations a happy, careless life, one community knowing nothing of another, and now that they had become freedmen, they still had no means of communication and no capacity to act together even if they had been able to communicate." 

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Page 173 - That all persons born in the United States and not subject to any foreign power, excluding Indians not taxed, are hereby declared to be citizens of the United States...
Page 76 - I, , do solemnly swear, in presence of Almighty God, that I will henceforth faithfully support, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Union of the States thereunder...
Page 69 - We all agree that the seceded States, so called, are out of their proper practical relation with the Union, and that the sole object of the Government, civil and military, in regard to those States is to again get them into that proper practical relation.
Page 173 - States, to make and enforce contracts, to sue, be parties, and give evidence, to inherit, purchase, lease, sell, hold, and convey real and personal property...
Page 80 - State, a power the people of the several States composing the Federal Union have rightfully exercised from the origin of the government to the present time.
Page 208 - That every person holding any civil office to which he has been appointed by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, and every person who shall hereafter be appointed to any such office, and shall become duly qualified to act therein, is, and shall be entitled to hold such office until a successor shall have been in like manner appointed and duly qualified, except as herein otherwise provided...
Page 76 - States, do proclaim, declare, and make known to all persons who have, directly or by implication, participated in the existing rebellion, except as hereinafter excepted, that a full pardon is hereby granted to them and each of them, with restoration of all rights of property, except as to slaves...
Page 55 - Now you are about to have a Convention, which, among other things, will probably define the elective franchise. I barely suggest, for your private consideration, whether some of the colored people may not be let in, as, for instance, the very intelligent, and especially those who have fought gallantly in our ranks.
Page 80 - Carolina to restore said State to its constitutional relations to the federal government, and to present such a republican form of state government as will entitle the State to the guarantee of the United States therefor, and its people to protection by the United States against invasion, insurrection, and domestic violence...
Page 196 - That under the Constitution and laws of the United States the President has no power to remove the Secretary of War and designate any other officer to perform the duties of that office ad interim.

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