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History 112, Week 1 notes

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History 112 Reconstruction 1/14/16  How did Reconstruction reflect more national order yet more chaos than the years of civil war?  Goals o Transitioning former enslaved individuals to freedom and self-sufficiency o Re-establishing fed and local government that are loyal to the Union to prevent future conflict  Civil war lasted 1861-1864, ended in 1865 after Union army captured confederate capital in Richmond, VA  Deciphering emancipation o Emancipation Proclamation – 1/1/1863. Did not free every slave; only applied to confederate states that weren’t already under Union control?? Lincoln never promised equality for slaves, just freedom. th o 13 Amendment – 1865. This formalized the Emancipation Proclamation. o Re-est family connections. Lots of black weddings, new black churches formed. o Freedmen’s Bureau – 1865-69 – passed by Congress, and only supposed to last 1 year. Help former slaves establish labor contracts. Provide food and clothing and help settle them on abandoned land. Indirectly helps promote education (establish black schools like James’ Plantation) o Sharecropping (split land into several different plots) as fieldwork for wages, problem of crop lien system (make a lien against your crops). Allows the fields to be tended while former slaves have jobs. Leads to indebtedness because there is a fall in cotton prices and have to give a percentage of crop to country store for labor tools. More autonomy than slave system, but continued forced dependence on landlord. Crop Lien: credit extended to laborers by country merchants for food/clothing/supplies; get paid back with interest. o Overall difficulty finding profitable employment  Re-incorporating the South o Pres. Abe Lincoln’s (Republican) battle with Congress:  Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction (the 10% Plan) – offered a full pardon for those who were willing to renounce succession and accept emancipation. When 10% of people agree, the state can rejoin the Union. Issue with 90% of confederate people back into the Union.  Congress’ Wade-Davis bill (1864) – proposed by radical Republicans. guaranteed legal equality of all freedmen. All ex-confederates aren’t able to draft a new constitution. Need more here o Lincoln as a moderate Republican angered both the Right and the Left o He was assassinated 4/14/1865 o Pres. Andrew Johnson supported Lincoln’s plan of Amnesty  Disdain for wealthy planters evident in terms  Most lenient plan proposed for Reconstruction and left states room to limit freedoms of AAs  Almost impeached. Congress hated him. o Radical reps – did not approve of Lincoln;s plan; strongly disapproved of Johnson;s plan o Civil Rights Act of 1866 – to nullify black codes o 14 Amendment – 1868. Stated that persons born in the US are citizens (saying that if you are a slave and you were born in US, you are a citizen). Guarantees due process and equal protection under the law. o Radical Reconstruction and Johnson veto power ?? o 15 Amendment – 1869. Allows black men to vote o to rejoin union, states must adhere to new amendments. est military districts in the South. o Readmission to the Union takes a very long time o Election of 1876  Southern states participate  Hayes (R) and Tilden (D) run for Pres.  Compromise of 1877 ends Reconstruction  Northern provisions o Accept Rutherford Hayes as Pres o Agree to protect civil and political rights of black voters  Southern o Removial of fed troops from southern states o Appointment of a southerner to the Pres’ cabinet o Federal aid for another transcontinental railroad in the South  North gets number 1 and South gets number 1 and 2. Post-Civil War America – the human landscape of the South & the West  13 (1865), 14 (1868), 15 (1870) Amendments define the rights of citizens regardless of former status in servitude  Native Americans, Elk v Wilkins (1884): born on a reservation, no access to US citizenship, present or future  Chinese Exclusion Act (1882): barred immigration for 10 years for skilled and unskilled laborers until 1943 o Chinese immigrants mostly settle in the West. In 1870 more than 60,000 laborers in America. o Some thought these laborers were a threat to American laborers o Not repealed until 1943. US wants to be allies with China during WWII.  Mexican Americans: theoretical access to citizenship but not practices until mid-twentieth century o Treaty of Guadeloupe (1848): rights promised o In Re Ricardo Rodriguez (1897): affirmed that the 13 -15 th th Amendments apply to Mexican Americans  Freedmen’s Bureau aids transition from slavery to freedom (1865-1869) o Gives funds to help with education process  Federal funds for educating Native American Children on reservations  “Americanizing” children: European traditional gender norms, no native belongings, Anglicized names, boys have to cut long hair, etc.  “Kill the Indian in him, and save the man” – Captain Richard Pratt, founder of Carlisle Training School (1892).  Violence in the South o Reconstruction governments have African American legislators for the 1 time o Ku Klux Klan founded in Tennessee (1866) – preservation of old order in the South; restoration of “Solid South”  Founded by 6 people  Wanted Democratic white government  Targeted Republicans, Northerners (carpetbaggers)  Wore hoods and robes  Nathan Bedford Forest: first Grand Wizard of KKK o Carpetbagger – northerners come to the South to get an inexpensive plantation o Riots to threaten back and Republican votes all over the South: Colfax Massacre (1873)  Redeemers: Turning back the Clock o “Home Rule” restored in southern states after Reconstruction through the Redeemers; achieved through voter intimidation o 1895 SC Constitution to “undo” changes from Reconstruction  Black Codes were passed – laws that limit black freedom  People from Beaufort didn’t support o United Daughters of the Confederacy and the “Lost Cause” doctrine  Violence in the West o Sand Creek Massacre 1864 – Union army and Cheyenne (Black Kettle’s white flag)  Many women and children killed o George Custer, Battle of Little Bighorn, “Custer’s Last Stand” (1876-1881) o Cheyenne and Lakota Sioux reduced to “wardship status” – no longer autonomous o Massacre at Wounded Knee 1890 – fear of native rituals and Sitting Bull’s death  200 killed  Changes to land & labor o Failure of southern land redistribution in Radical Reconstruction; sharecropping as compromise o Homestead Act of 1862: 160 free acres for 5 year settlement for any citizen  Encouraged settlement  Transcontinental Railroad helped transportation  Need a cowboy to keep cattle from running away. Many Mexican Americans are cowboys.  More land than ever is developed in the West  Aided by invention of barbed wire to fence in livestock o “Exodusters” try to escape southern Redeemer governments for political freedom in the West o not the “promised land” after all o Mexican Americans working as ranchers on own land - Dawes Allotment Act of 1887 proposed when reservation land became desirable - Forced Native Americans to abandon hunting; buffalo extinction due to white sporting - Allotment Act provided 160 acres per person; surplus sold to white settlers - Reduces native holding from 138 million acres to 48 million - Rationale: Personal property would make natives “less savage” and more willing to embrace agricultural livelihood  The Human Landscape o West is in the midst of a new economic transformation after the Civil War o New types of employment and business interests o Largely disposed of Native Americans o Ripe for infrastructure, on the cusp of new types of businesses o Violence, struggle, exploitation remains vital theme into the Gilded Age


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