Johnson, a former Tennessee Senator and former slave owner, followed a lenient policy toward ex-Confederates.Lincoln’s last speeches show that he was leaning toward supporting the enfranchisement of all freedmen, whereas Johnson was opposed to this.Three visions of Civil War memory appeared during Reconstruction: the reconciliationist vision, which was rooted in coping with the death and devastation the war had brought; the white supremacist vision, which included terror and violence; and the emancipationist vision, which sought full freedom, citizenship, and Constitutional equality for African Americans.
This article is about the history of the Southern United States from 1863 until 1877. For other uses, see Reconstruction (disambiguation). The Reconstruction era was the period from 1863 (the Presidential Proclamation of December 8, 1863) to 1877.
legislation enacted between 18, see Reconstruction Acts.
Johnson’s interpretations of Lincoln’s policies prevailed until the Congressional elections of 1866.
Those elections followed outbreaks of violence against blacks in the former rebel states, including the Memphis riots of 1866 and the New Orleans riot that same year.
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