Daily Focus. If you were a parent and one of your children ran away, what would you do once the child had been returned? Would you punish the child? Would you accept an apology with the promise that they’d never run away again? What ground rules would you lay down with the child?
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Period during which the US began to rebuild after the Civil War; process used by federal gov’t to readmit the Confederate States to the Union
Punish rebels by taking land
Replace existing political leaders
Demand that states meet strict requirements to be readmitted
Provide assistance to African-Americans
Use military to maintain control and enforce new laws
Civil Rights Act of 1866: grants full citizenship to all people born in the United States
Reconstruction Act of 1867: military rule of the South, protect former slaves, bans former leaders
Chance to create a more “perfect” union
Passes the 13th and 14 amendments
Congress should pass laws giving some land to freedmen and build schools for them
Accept verbal pledges of loyalty
Require existing leaders to seek pardons from Congress
Expedite the readmission process by emphasizing rejection of secession and slavery
Allow states to decide on what type of assistance to give African Americans
Give leniency towards the south to heal the nation’s wounds
Vetoes the Civil Rights Act of 1866
For states to be readmitted—call a convention and write a new constitution, repeal secession, cancel all Confederate debts, and ratify the 13th amendment
African-Americans should not be guaranteed the right to vote
Congress refuses to admit new Southern delegates
Johnson’s plan comes to a standstill after he vetoes 2 bills
Passes Civil Rights Act of 1866 over presidential veto (1st ever)—race riots in the South contributed to support for this!
14th amendment—all persons entitled to equal protection of the law
Riots led to Radicals gaining control of Congress in 1866
Country wants to see change!