By A. J. Langguth
A super evocation of the post-Civil conflict period through the acclaimed writer of Patriots and Union 1812. After Lincoln tells the tale of the Reconstruction, which set again black american citizens and remoted the South for a century.
With Lincoln’s assassination, his “team of rivals,” in Doris Kearns Goodwin’s word, used to be left adrift. President Andrew Johnson, a former slave proprietor from Tennessee, used to be challenged by way of Northern Congressmen, Radical Republicans led through Thaddeus Stephens and Charles Sumner, who desired to punish the defeated South. while Johnson’s rules placated the rebels on the rate of the black freed males, radicals in the home impeached him for attempting to hearth Secretary of struggle Edwin Stanton. Johnson used to be kept from elimination through one vote within the Senate trial, presided over through Salmon Chase. Even William Seward, Lincoln’s closest best friend in his cupboard, looked as if it would waver.
By the 1868 election, united Republicans nominated Ulysses provide, Lincoln's successful Union common. The evening of his victory, supply lamented to his spouse, “I’m afraid I’m elected.” His makes an attempt to reconcile Southerners with the Union and to quash the emerging Ku Klux Klan have been undercut via post-war greed and corruption in the course of his terms.
Reconstruction died unofficially in 1887 whilst Republican Rutherford Hayes joined with the Democrats in a deal that got rid of the final federal troops from South Carolina and Louisiana. In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed a invoice with protections first proposed in 1872 by way of the unconventional Senator from Massachusetts, Charles Sumner.
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Extra resources for After Lincoln: How the North Won the Civil War and Lost the Peace
In one week, the responsibility will be his — whether we come together again as a Union, or fall entirely to pieces. And here we sit, in Delaware, on the border between North and South, half the state holding slaves, half the state opposed to the practice. I do not envy our President-Elect. It is hard enough to hold a family together. Poor Mr. Lincoln. It is in his hands to hold a whole country together or watch it fall apart. My hands are calloused and strong from rowing and working the ropes, from lifting and carrying barrels of oil and scrubbing stone floors and spiral stairs, but I do not know if they are strong enough to hold Mother and Father together.
She could barely get down on her knees, barely hold the brush when I bid her good-bye this morning. But she worked all day anyway, in spite of the pain in her hands and her knees. Tonight, though, after my watch, I must retrace Mother’s footsteps and clean all the places she missed because, for the first time, she did not scrub well enough to pass inspection. Friday, February 8, 1861 Cloudy and Rain. E. Light. Temperature in the fifties. Saturday, February 9, 1861 Stormy. W. Light. Temperature within one degree of zero this morning.
Keeper Dunne led us in prayer. Uncle Edward said President Lincoln made a proclamation calling for 75,000 militia. He urges those in defiance of the law, all Secessionists, to return to their homes, and retire from this disagreement peaceably, and within twenty days. President Davis says he is ready for President Lincoln’s 75,000 Northerners. Where is Delaware to stand? Kentucky refuses to send troops to fight for the Union. Yet in Rhode Island, the very Governor has offered his own services to President Lincoln.
After Lincoln: How the North Won the Civil War and Lost the Peace by A. J. Langguth