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Johnson imagined a lenient and rapid “restoration” of the South to the Union rather than the fundamental “reconstruction” that Republican congressmen favored. Between 1866 and 1868, the president and the Republican leadership in Congress engaged in a bitterly antagonistic power struggle over how to put the United States back together again. Before these struggles were over, Congress had impeached the president, enfranchised the freedmen, and given them a role in reconstructing the South. The nation also adopted the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, ushering equal protection of the law, a definition of citizenship, and universal manhood suffrage into the Constitution.
They soon found that other constitutional questions affected their policies. What, for example, had rebellion done to the relationship between southern states and the Union? Lincoln had always insisted that states could not secede—they had engaged in an “insurrection”—and that the Union remained intact. Not even Andrew Johnson, however, accepted the southern position that state governments of the Confederacy could simply reenter 429 430 Chapter 16 Reconstruction: An Unfinished Revolution the nation.
Jun. 22, 1868 Nov. 10, 1874 NEW MEXICO TERRITORY Military District No. 4 TEXAS MISS. Mar. 30, 1870 Jan. 14, 1873 Feb. 23, 1870 Jan. 4, 1876 ALA. Jul. 14, 1868 Nov. 16, 1874 GA. Jun. 25, 1868 Nov. 28, 1876 Jul. 15, 1870 Nov. 1, 1871 ATLANTIC OCEAN Military District No. 3 LA. Military District No. 5 Jun. 25, 1868 Jan. 2, 1877 FLA. Jun. 25, 1868 Jan. 2, 1877 Gulf of Mexico MEXICO 200 0 0 200 400 miles 400 600 kilometers The Congressional Reconstruction Plan tage to rebels and traitors. Although the Radicals may have been out ahead of public opinion, most northerners feared for “the future peace and safety of the Union” if Johnson’s approach to Reconstruction prevailed.