A People and a Nation : A History of the United States , by Mary Beth Norton, David M. Katzman, David W. Blight, Howard

By Mary Beth Norton, David M. Katzman, David W. Blight, Howard Chudacoff, Fredrik Logevall

This lively narrative demanding situations scholars to consider the that means of yank heritage. considerate inclusion of the lives of daily humans, cultural range, paintings, and pop culture preserves the text's uncomplicated method of American background as a narrative of the entire American humans. The 7th variation continues the emphasis at the distinct social historical past of the us and engages scholars via state-of-the-art learn and scholarship. New content material contains increased insurance of recent historical past (post-1945) with dialogue of overseas kinfolk, gender research, and race and racial relatives.

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Having questioned Johnson’s program, Congress needed to develop an alternative plan. Ironically, Johnson and the Democrats sabotaged the possibility of a conservative coalition. They refused to cooperate with conservative or moderate Republicans and insisted that Reconstruction was over, that the new state governments were legitimate, and that southern representatives should be admitted to Congress. Among the Republicans, the Radicals’ influence grew in proportion to Johnson’s intransigence. Trying to work with Johnson, Republicans believed a compromise had been reached in the spring of 1866.

Although a minority in their party, they had the advantage of clearly defined goals. They believed it was essential to democratize the South, establish public education, and ensure the rights of the freedpeople. They favored black suffrage, supported some land confiscation and redistribution, and were willing to exclude the South from the 1865–1877 Union for several years if necessary to achieve their goals. Born of the war and its outcome, the Radicals brought a new civic vision to American life; they wanted to create an activist federal government and the beginnings of racial equality.

Instead, they bluntly challenged the president’s authority and established a joint committee to study and investigate a new direction for Reconstruction. The Congressional Reconstruction Plan orthern congressmen were hardly unified, but they did not doubt their right to shape Reconstruction policy. The Constitution mentioned neither secession nor reunion, but it gave Congress the primary role in the admission of states. Moreover, the Constitution declared that the United States shall guarantee to each state a republican form of government.

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