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A compromise of principle : Congressional Republicans and Reconstruction, 1863-1869 / Michael Les Benedict.


1st ed.. New York : W.W. Norton and Company, [1974] .
ISBN 0393055248, 9780393055245

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Subjects États-Unis -- Histoire -- 1865-1877 (Reconstruction)
États-Unis -- Politique et gouvernement -- 1865-1869.
Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875.
Politics and government
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Republican Party (États-Unis : 1854- ) -- Histoire.
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) -- History.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1865-1869.
United States.
Description 493 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Copyright Date [1974]
©1974
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 449-476) and index.
Summary Publisher description: After the Civil War the president and the Congress had a unique opportunity to restore the Union on the egalitarian principles of the American Revolution. But from the beginning there was little agreement on how to bind up the nation's wounds and insure the rights of blacks after emanicpation. Underlying the dispute was the struggle within the Republican party that pitted Charles Sumner and Thaddeus Stevens against their less radical Republican colleagues. By the end of the war, most Republicans endorsed black suffrage but Johnson's refusal to require it of southerners and the defeat of equal-suffrage proposals in several northern states led nonradicals to retreat from their advanced position. This new study of the struggle behind the development of the Republican Reconstruction policy demonstrates that Republican conservatives and moderates, not radicals, shaped Reconstruction policy throughout the Johnson administration.
Contents Charts -- Lists -- Preface -- Radical radicals and conservative radicals -- The politics of radicalism -- The Wade-Davis bill -- The radicals on the defensive -- The radicals on the offensive -- The center Republicans change their minds -- Conservaitive reconstruction -- Part One -- Conservative reconstruction -- Part Two -- The impeachment movement and the Presidential obstruction -- The cricical year: the elections of 1867 -- Congress on the Presiden'ts hip -- Impeachment and trial -- Restoring the states ... and state rights -- Epilogue: the Fifteenth Amendment -- Lists: radicals and conservatives in the 38-40 Congresses.
Genre History.
Geographic Area United States
Southern States
Network Numbers (OCoLC)940640
(OCoLC)ocm00940640
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WorldCat Identities Benedict, Michael Les.
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