Three Decades of Federal Legislation, 1855-1885; Personal and Historical Memories of Events Preceding, During, and Since the American Civil War, Involving Slavery and Secession, Emancipation and Reconstruction

Three Decades of Federal Legislation, 1855-1885; Personal and Historical Memories of Events Preceding, During, and Since the American Civil War, Involving Slavery and Secession, Emancipation and Reconstruction : With Sketches of Prominent

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...state governments. Under the President's policy, constitutions were framed which abolished slavery, repudiated the state war debts, and declared the union of the states to be perpetual and inviolable. With the background of the Fourteenth Amendment, which, in effect, restricts representation to the voting population, and with the certainty that Representatives would never be received on any other basis, negro suffrage would have been adopted more cheerfully, and by a larger proportion of the white vote, without the aid of the congressional military govemmentsAs it was, the constitutions which embraced those radical changes were adopted mainly by negro votes. Not more than one white vote in ten was cast in their favor, except in North Carolina. In that state, not more than three in ten. Half the white people, who were not disfranchised, stood aloof, sullen and passive, or intimidated spectators. There could be no doubt that the adoption by Congress of Mr. _Iohnson's exceptions, which excluded a large portion of the intelligence and wealth of the South from the privileges of amnesty and suffrage, added much to this unfommfltb temper Of the people. The aged, the experienced, the cool-headed, and the sagacious men of the South were excluded by the exceptions. The very TENNESSEE SECEDES FROM THE CONFEDERACY. 381 men who would most clearly see the folly of further resistance to the general government, and the necessity of acquiescence in the inevitable results of the war, were excluded. Those of the white people who were permitted to vote under Mr. Johnson's measures of reconstruction voted against the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment, for the sole and avowed reason that it proposed to engratt on the Constitution those very...show more

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  • Paperback | 366 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 653g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236799399
  • 9781236799395