Reconstruction, Political and Economic, 1865-1877, Volume 22

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Harper & brothers, 1907 - Reconstruction - 378 pages
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Page 171 - That the constitution of Arkansas shall never be so amended or changed as to deprive any citizen or class of citizens of the United States of the right to vote, who are entitled to vote by the constitution herein recognized...
Page 208 - a social and political system in which all the forces that made for civilization were dominated by a mass of barbarous freedmen." Radical reconstruction in the South had met opposition from the start. This found expression in the Liberal movement of 1872 and in decisions of the Supreme Court in 1873 and thereafter. But there was no relief for the South until reconstruction processes in the Northern and Western States had matured.
Page 55 - We tell the white men of Mississippi that the men of the North will convert the State of Mississippi into a frog pond before they will allow any such laws to disgrace one foot of soil in which the bones of our soldiers sleep and over which the flag of freedom waves.
Page 100 - Provided, That the Secretaries of State, of the Treasury, of War, of the Navy, and of the Interior, the Postmaster-General, and the Attorney-General, shall hold their offices respectively for and during the term of the President by whom they may have been appointed and for one month thereafter, subject to removal by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
Page 93 - The seceded states to be restored to their place in the union, whenever a convention of delegates, "elected by the male citizens, ... of whatever race, color, or previous condition," except those disfranchised for participation in rebellion, etc., should frame a constitution, which, being ratified by the people and approved by congress, should go into operation, and the legislature thereupon elected should adopt the fourteenth amendment.
Page 91 - States, any government which may exist therein shall be deemed provisional only, and in all respects subject to the paramount authority of the United States to abolish, modify, control, or supersede the same.
Page 309 - If any such returns shall be shown or shall appear to be so irregular, false, or fraudulent that the board shall be unable to determine the true vote for any such officer or member, they shall so certify, and shall not include such return in their determination and declaration...
Page 55 - represented to be the expression of a deliberate purpose by the Southerners to nullify the result of the war and to reestablish slavery," but after making allowance for the more notorious features of this legislation, Mr. Dunning finds that it "was in the main a conscientious and straight-forward attempt to bring some sort of order out of the social and economic chaos which a full acceptance of the result of the war and emancipation...
Page 103 - were in reality a signal evidence of Mr. Johnson's innocence," Boutwell, a "typical exponent of the Puritan political conscience," presented a resolution of impeachment. The trial, when it eventually took place, was largely a matter of form, the question being "whether the President should be deposed from office because of his political opposition to the majority in Congress.
Page 210 - The negro had no pride of race and no aspiration save to be like the whites. With civil rights and political power, not won, but almost forced upon him, he came gradually to understand and crave those more elusive privileges that constitute social equality. A more intimate association with the other race than that which business and politics involved was the end toward which the ambition of the blacks tended consciously or unconsciously to direct itself.

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