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Title: Aftermath of the Civil War and Reconstruction

Aftermath of the Civil War andReconstruction
  • Rebuilding the United States of America
  • Plan for Reconstruction
  • Race, gender and class under Reconstruction
  • Impact of Reconstruction and long-lasting
    effects of Reconstruction policies and politics

Reconstruction during war
  • Reconstruction as an issue as early as 1863
  • How to treat southern leaders? How would states
    be let back into the Union?
  • 4 questions
  • Who would rule in the South?
  • Who would rule in the federal government
    congress or the president?
  • What rights would freedmen get?
  • Would Reconstruction attempt to preserve the old
    republic or attempt to reinvent the Union?

Reconstruction during war
  • Lincolns ideas were lenient toward the South
  • Pardoned most officials
  • 10 of voting public had to sign oaths of loyalty
    to the US and the states would simply rejoin the
  • Why? Do you see any correlation to Lincolns
    hesitancy to call for emancipation?
  • Backlash in Congress by Republicans who believed
    the South deserved a harsher punishment
  • Wade-Davis Bill 1864
  • Confederate states as conquered enemies
  • Majority, not 10 oath of loyalty
  • Lincoln vetoed
  • Lincoln did not have support of many Republicans
    for his reelection in 1864

Thirteenth Amendment
  • January 13, 1865
  • Thirteenth Amendment passed by Congress
  • Abolished involuntary servitude everywhere in US
  • Declared that congress shall have power to
    enforce this outcome by appropriate legislation
  • Passed narrowly 119-56 (2 votes more than
    necessary 2/3rds)
  • Based largely on a petition for a constitutional
    amendment by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B.
    Anthony and Womens Loyal National League

Freedmens Bureau
  • Created on March 3, 1865
  • Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned
  • Federal agency based on social reform this was
    unprecedented (we are still 30 years away from
    the Progressive Era)
  • Supplied food, medical supplies, built schools
    and tried to sort out confiscated land
  • Intended to aid both blacks and whites displaced
    in the South during and after war
  • By the beginnings of Reconstruction, primary
    focus was on helping newly freed slaves become
    citizens contracts with former masters,
    housing, education for children

End of Civil War
  • Devastation of nation - Psychological effects of
  • Chance for reconstruction to bring about a social
  • Many changes did occur in politics, in law, in
  • But much stayed the same

Chance for real reform?
  • Underlying problems never dealt with
  • Realities of economic power, racism and judicial
    conservatism limited the potential of
    Reconstruction policies
  • Racism does not go away because the Confederacy
  • In fact, racism and societal divisions will only
  • By 1880 and the end of Reconstruction, the
    country is more polarized and there is more
    racial hatred and antagonism than any time
    previously in our country
  • Why?

End of Civil War and Ideas of Freedom
  • What did Freedom mean?
  • How is freedom defined?
  • How did freed slaves understand and view freedom?

End of Civil War and Ideas of Freedom
  • Hope but also skepticism and fear
  • our forever was going to be spent living among
    the Southerners, after they got licked.
  • Why did Freedmens Bureau try to get freed men
    and women to stay in the South rather than
    migrate north?
  • Freedom personal freedom important, changed
    location, changed living arrangements, changed
  • Freedom to move right to mobility
  • New concept of wage work white workers in
    factories had been upset for years about wage
    work and the loss of their provider status and
    threat to masculinity
  • Black men viewed wage work as liberation, as
    their path to become their families providers
  • Different economic ideologies in the nation

Newly Freed Slaves
  • Families
  • Any surprise that family reunions were main
  • Growth of churches and community organizations

Independence, Liberty, Freedom
  • Free blacks faced many obstacles
  • Had to be cautious
  • How do you choose your employer?
  • Knew that hostility toward them would not
  • Why did many slaves stay with their master? They
    now worked for wages, but many remained living in
    the same place and doing the same work

Black communities and societies
  • Desire for land
  • Owning land was denied to them for so long
  • Land was also symbolic
  • Land was equated with self-sufficiency and a
    chance to gain compensation
  • Were promised 40 acres
  • President Johnson rescinded this and returned
    land to original owners
  • Land redistribution a strongly debated political
  • Many Congressional leaders were willing to give
    blacks land if they promised to grow cotton
    cash crop to bolster the economy
  • Many blacks desired land to build a
    self-sufficient farm for their family and
    establish their independence

Black communities and societies
  • Education seen as major avenue to civil rights
    and social advancement
  • Remember, under slavery, many slaves learned to
    read and saw the power of literacy and education
    and deeply wanted their children to get an
  • First acts in new black communities
  • Build schools
  • Classes ran night and day children and adults
  • Sat on dirt floors, used discarded, torn books
  • Willing to pay 1-1.50 a month very expensive
    at time
  • Freedmens Bureau and reformers active in this
    cause as well
  • School funded by northern white philanthropists
  • Largely women involved in this movement
  • Great impact on bringing the Womens Movement
    into the South
  • Strong network of women of both races throughout
    north and south

  • Many of the leading African American political
    leaders during Reconstruction were educated
  • Considered educated elite class
  • Education helped the growth of the black middle
    class in a relatively short amount of time
  • Founded colleges and universities as well as
    primary schools

Black Families
  • Husbands and wives quickly established their own
  • Marriage as a civil right
  • Need access to full civil rights marriage as
    first step
  • Also asserted right to raise their own children
  • This was essential oftentimes, the state would
    take away children from black parents Knew
    importance of family
  • Family on a personal level
  • Family for social respect
  • Family for political rights
  • Family key to full civil rights

Black communities and societies
  • Fight for black mens political rights
  • Why?
  • Women in slavery did same work as men,
    oftentimes, black husbands and wives had more
    equality in home why not fight for rights of
    both men and women
  • Effect on womens rights movement at the time

Black women
  • Race v. gender v. class who to side with?
  • How do you identify yourself?
  • Sadly, forced to choose in US at this time
  • Black women were in a tough situation
  • Many strongly believed in equalities for all
    races and all genders, but it is difficult to
    fight two controversial wars at once
  • Spread too thin, neither would work
  • Many black women decided to fight for racial
    equality first
  • Significant reason that the womens rights
    movement was not very strong during
    Reconstruction but would gather more strength
    later (post-1877)

Black Women in Reconstruction South
  • Typically portrayed as powerless no legal
    rights, no property rights, no voting rights, no
    economic rights
  • However Laura Edwards Gendered Strife and
  • did have power and say in own communities and in
  • Filed court petitions
  • Sued as mothers, as wives fit idea of
    virtuous American woman
  • Fought to run own household and to raise own
  • Glenda Gilmore Gender and Jim Crow
  • invisible web of power
  • awesome book (during and after reconstruction,
    even under Jim Crow laws when black men are

Class and economic issues
  • Where to find work?
  • Sharecropping
  • Could not afford to buy land
  • Sharecropping farmers kept part of their crop
    and gave the rest to the landowner while living
    on his property and the landlord provided food
    and supplies
  • Black farmers did have some bargaining power
  • Seemed promising at first
  • Proved to be a disaster sharecroppers spiraled
    into debt as owners grew richer
  • Depression and poor economy in South

Reconstruction Plans
  • President Johnson
  • Johnson had owned slaves and had not favored
    emancipation and was not particularly concerned
    with promoting civil rights
  • Johnson also wanted to punish the wealthy white
    elites in the South who had started the civil war
  • Prevented many from taking the oath of loyalty
    high ranking Confederate officers, officials and
    political leaders, all Confederates whose taxable
    property was worth more than 20,000
  • Wanted to change class relations
  • Eliminate old aristocracy and put small farmers
    in charge of south
  • Class-based reasons for Reconstruction, not
  • Soon, this plan failed and many planters and
    aristocrats regained power and influence

Black Codes
  • State legislatures only vaguely redefined their
  • Many slave laws remained in place but slave was
    replaced with freedmen
  • Laws required
  • Former slaves to carry passes
  • Observe a curfew
  • Give up hope of entering many occupations
  • Vagrancy laws and restrictive labor contracts
    bound freedpeople to the plantation

Congressional Reconstruction Plans
  • Republicans in Congress very upset with Johnsons
    policies and these Black Codes
  • Congress in charge of readmitting the states
    they wanted to seize this power and redefine
  • Radical v. Moderate view of Reconstruction
  • How much should south be punished?
  • Radicals Julian, Stevens and Sumner (the
    emancipation guys) wanted to redefine the south
  • Wanted activist federal government
  • Wanted beginnings of racial equality

Congress v. Johnson
  • Congress proposed to extend the Freedmens Bureau
    and proposed the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (first
    civil rights act)
  • Johnson vetoed both bills congress did override
    the veto and both became law
  • 1866 hopes for Compromise dashed

Divisive issue
  • Divided public and violence
  • Daily media reports of anti-black violence
  • Memphis 40 blacks killed and 12 schools burned
  • Convinced Congress that more needed to be done
    Congress needed to act and come to a compromise
    between radical and conservative Republicans

14th Amendment
  • Conferred citizenship on freedmen
  • Prohibited states from abridging their
    constitutional privileges and immunities
  • Barred any state from taking a persons life,
    liberty or property without due process
  • Barred from denying equal protection under the
  • Declared Confederate debt null and void
  • Barred confederate leaders from holding office
  • Dealt with representations
  • Would blacks be allowed to vote in the south
  • Now that blacks were a full rather than 3/5ths of
    a person, this entitled the south to more
  • Declared that if a southern state refused to
    allow black men to vote, then their
    representation would be reduced

Reconstruction and southern society
  • After much debate, the First Reconstruction Act
    1867 was passed in Congress
  • Black men gain vote
  • Whites bared from office by 14th amendment cannot
    vote while new state governments are being formed
  • Southern states forced to ratify 14th amendment
  • Second, Third and Fourth Reconstruction Acts in
    1867-68 outlined details of voter registration
    boards, adoption of constitutions, and the
    administration of good faith oaths by southerners

Problems/Inconsistencies in formal reconstruction
  • Why wasnt reconstruction successful? Did this
    not seem like good policies?
  • Failure of redistribution
  • Highly unpopular
  • Caused more and more resentment and stronger and
    stronger racism
  • Spurred even greater violence against blacks

Grant as President in 1868
  • Supported Reconstruction
  • Endorsed black suffrage in the South (note
    Republicans did not support black suffrage in the
  • Why was this?
  • Democrats opposed Reconstruction and renewed
    sectional conflict by 1868

15th Amendment
  • Radical Republicans wrote this amendment
  • Became law in 1870
  • Forbade states to deny the right to vote on
    account of race, color or previous condition of
  • wording did not guarantee the right to vote
    allowed states to restrict voting by other means
  • Poll tax
  • Property owning as limitation to voting
  • Education level
  • Left door open for states to develop numerous
    qualification tests
  • Ironic impact stricter voting laws and lower
    percentage of eligible voters

This poster celebrates the signing of the
Fifteenth Amendment with a scene depicting
Frederick Douglass, Robert Smalls, Abraham
Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Hiram Rhoades
Revels gathered at a table together.
15th Amendment
  • Many believed that the 15th Amendment symbolized
    the end of Reconstruction
  • 1870 ready for peace and tired of sectional

Reconstruction and Political Representation
  • African Americans vote in large numbers
  • Many African American men run for office
  • very few black men stayed away from the polls
  • Why?
  • Largely voted Republican
  • Power in Republican party in the South

Radical Members of the First South Carolina
Legislature after the Civil War, 1876
  • Under Reconstruction directly after the Civil
    War, each southern state was required to revise
    its constitution and elect a new state
  • Because African Americans were given the right to
    vote under the Reconstruction Act of 1867, these
    state governments often changed dramatically.
  • In 1868 half of the members of Louisiana's house
    were African-American. In 1871 and 1872 Alabama
    had twenty-seven black representatives, Georgia
    twenty-six, Mississippi thirty, and Virginia
    twenty-one. Pictured here are radical members of
    the reconstructed South Carolina legislature.
    Fifty members were black or bi-racial and
    thirteen were white.

Reconstruction and Politics in South
  • Blacks and the Republican Party
  • 265 out of total of 1000 Republican officials in
    South were black
  • Dramatic and powerful numbers and dramatic and
    powerful impact
  • Eliminated property qualifications for voting
  • Tuned appointed positions into elected positions
  • Supported public schools and hospitals
  • Broadened womens rights in property owning and
  • Republicans triumphed in state legislatures

Reconstruction under Republicans
  • Industrialization
  • Racial Equality under the law but not in
  • Black leaders at the time fought to fund public
    schools but did not fight segregation
  • Black leaders did not press for revolutionary
    social changes
  • Why?
  • How did this effect the outcome of
  • Myth of negro rule
  • Racist propaganda
  • Rallying cry for a return to white supremacy
  • Propaganda Carpetbaggers (immigrants from the
    north living in south) and scalawags (southerners
    who cooperated with Republicans)

Reconstruction Class, Gender, Race
  • Class issues economy worsened, poor whites even
  • Who will poor whites blame?
  • How whites regain power and Democrats regain
    power in South by late 1870s?

Reconstruction Class, Gender, Race
  • Gender
  • White and black families
  • Class largely separated gender roles indoor v.
    outdoor, inside v. outside, wage work v. home
    work all based on class more now
  • More predominant
  • Fragment womens rights movement along class and
    racial lines northern middle class women
    activists did not understand the problems of poor
    whites and blacks in southern society

Reconstruction and Social Reform Movements
  • Abolitionism over
  • Dedicated to Freedmens Bureau
  • Sanitation issues continue and sanitation reform
  • Womens movement suffers many setbacks during
    this time almost too much upheaval in society
  • Some urban reform movements and labor reform
    movements especially take off

Reconstruction and Society
  • Class and gender issues certainly powerful
  • Racial ideology predominant force in society, in
    a way never even imagined under slavery
  • Racism drastically intensified to levels never
    seen before
  • Why?

Reconstruction and Racism
  • Racism intensified during Reconstruction
  • After reconstruction even
  • White resistance

  • Fueled racism
  • Ku Klux Klan
  • Started in 1866
  • Violence against African Americans occurred
    before the Klan, but this was a highly organized
    terrorist group that carried out brutal attacks
  • Political and racial reasons for the Klan
  • Hated Republicans and many white Republicans
    victims of attack as well
  • Many men who lost their political power under
    Reconstruction formed and supported the Ku Klux

Impact of Ku Klux Klan
  • Political
  • Killed and attacked many Republicans
  • Republicans in fear
  • Start to lose power in the South
  • Social
  • Racism intensified
  • Violent racism

Republicans lose power in South
  • Fiscal problems
  • Lack of land redistribution
  • Mistakes and poor judgment
  • Racial hostility
  • Terror
  • Failed to alter Souths social structure or
    distribution of wealth
  • Only a matter of time before old leaders return
    because fundamental aspects of society and
    politics were not changed with Reconstruction

New ideas of racism and racist ideology
  • Slaves may have threatened individual families
    but did slaves threaten entire communities
  • Strange things start to happen
  • Accusations of rape
  • Myth of black rapist

Reconstruction Race, Gender, Class
  • Reconstruction society is one of the clearest
    examples of the interplay of race, class and
    gender ideologies and why you cannot study one
    without studying all three
  • Accusations of rape and myth of black rapist
  • How did poor whites try to better themselves?
  • How did poor white women gain respect accuse
    black man of white
  • Power in all levels of society to manipulate
    these three ideologies and use the backdrop of
    the Reconstruction policies to do so

Race, Gender, Class
  • Post-reconstruction
  • Even more interesting
  • Under Jim Crow laws, black men are completely
  • Same time that Victorian womanhood ideology is
  • Black women use this ideology to create a sphere
    of power and influence invisibly in their
  • After 1896 and black men are enfranchised again
    dynamics change once again
  • Ideas of femininity and masculinity
  • Manliness v. masculinity and where race and class
    and gender intersect
  • The years following Reconstruction are absolutely
    fascinating in terms of race, class and gender

Reconstruction in many ways
  • South tried to reconstruct slavery and plantation

The Old Plantation Home 1872This print presents
a romanticized view of slave conditions. Despite
the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, which
formally abolished slavery after the Civil War,
many whites still perceived African Americans as
a childlike race of people who had benefited from
the structure of slavery.
Impact of Reconstruction
  • Policies
  • Implications
  • Societal developments

Impact of Reconstruction
  • Do you think it was successful?
  • Reconstruction a main goal was to provide civil
    rights and legal rights to freed slaves
  • Reconstruction ended with the disenfranchisement
    of black voters
  • Ended with the influx of Jim Crow laws and harsh
    segregationist policies
  • In effect, that is what came out of 12 years of
  • What else?
  • Blacks learned about political process, about how
    to campaign, about how to organize, better able
    to fight next battle for civil rights

End of Reconstruction
  • When was official end of reconstruction?
  • Was this really the end?
  • What did the end of reconstruction mean?

End of Reconstruction
  • Retreat from Reconstruction
  • Liberal Republican revolt
  • New idea of best men should lead
  • Market forces should dictate economy
  • Government should stop interfering in Southern
    politics northerners and southerners started to
    believe this Why?
  • Rise in immigration 3 million immigrants
    entered from 1865-73
  • Increased suspicion and hostility toward
    foreigners and all non white, native-born
  • Panic of 1873 severe economic conditions
  • West and race relations Chinese, Native

End of Reconstruction
  • Reconstruction of racism defining who was white
    and who was not white
  • West white supremacy ideology in land occupied
    by Indians and Hispanics
  • Fueled racial violence in the West
  • Supreme Court played part in ending
    Reconstruction policies
  • Ruled in Slaughterhouse cases
  • declared that state citizenship and national
    citizenship were different
  • weakened 14th Amendment
  • voting was under state citizenship not national
  • Bradwell v. Illinois denied Myra Bradwell the
    right to practice law based on her gender
  • Ruled that the 14th Amendment did not apply to
  • In official ruling, referred to womens role in
    the home

End of Reconstruction
  • Compromise of 1877
  • No clear winner in 1876 election Hayes
    (republican) v. Tilden (democrat)
  • Democrats allowed Hayes to be president and cut a
    deal, a compromise
  • Rescinded many Reconstruction policies
  • Removed federal troops from south
  • Promised federal aid to south to build railroad
    and other improvements
  • Reconstruction, in effect, was over
  • Blacks were again disenfranchised in the south

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End of Reconstruction
  • With the end of one thing comes the beginning of
    the next
  • After reconstruction
  • Preview of late 1880s-90s and early 1900s
  • Discrimination continues, intensifies
  • Reform efforts also intensify
  • Start of Progressive Era
  • Most put Progressive Era in late 1880s, about 10
    years after official end to reconstruction

History of the United States 1490s-1870s
  • 400 years of history studied in these 5 weeks of
  • What did we learn?
  • Any prevailing themes?
  • Any repetitive themes?
  • How far did the US come in 400 years?
  • Positives and negatives of US progress
  • Implications for today

US History 101-31Summer II 2006
  • Wed, Aug 2
  • Your presentations of your final projects!!!