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The Fight Over Reconstruction. The Radical Republicans President Johnson vs. Congress Fourteenth Amendment Fifteenth Amendment. Radical Republicans. Most in Congress are moderate Republicans Feel the South is trying to return to old ways by using Black Codes

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the fight over reconstruction

The Fight Over Reconstruction

The Radical Republicans

President Johnson vs. Congress

Fourteenth Amendment

Fifteenth Amendment

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Radical Republicans

Most in Congress are moderate Republicans

Feel the South is trying to return to old ways by using Black Codes

Radical Repubs want to punish the South for black codes

Gain support of moderates when President Johnson ignored the black codes

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“Have not loyal blacks quite as good a right to choose rulers and make laws as rebel whites? Every man, no matter what his race or color … has an equal right to justice, honesty, and fair play with every other man; and the law should secure him those rights.”

- Con. Thaddeus Stevens (PA)

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Fourteenth Amendment (1866)

All people born in US (except Native Americans) are citizens

All citizens get equal protection under the law

State laws can be overruled by Federal Courts (Federal law superior to state law)

Banned CSA officials from state or federal govt

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2) What emotion is being displayed in the drawing?

3) Creative Writing: Create a dialogue for what this man is thinking

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Congress Take Charge

Reconstruction Acts

Johnson Impeached

Republicans get 2/3’s of seats in Congress in 1866 (can now override President)

Creates five military districts in South (took away statehood)

To get back in, states must approve the 14th Amendment

Johnson criticizes the Reconstruction Acts

Congress impeaches him

One vote short of 2/3’s majority in Senate needed to remove him from office

Johnson did nothing wrong aside from disagreeing with Congress

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Fifteenth Amendment (1870)

African American males (over 21) have the right to vote

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4) Why is voting important in a democracy?

Discussion:

Why don’t more people take the time on election day to vote?

Why will you/won’t you vote?