After Lincoln: How the North Won the Civil War and Lost the by A. J. Langguth

By A. J. Langguth

A super evocation of the post-Civil warfare period by means of the acclaimed writer of Patriots and Union 1812. After Lincoln tells the tale of the Reconstruction, which set again black americans and remoted the South for a century.

With Lincoln’s assassination, his “team of rivals,” in Doris Kearns Goodwin’s word, was once left adrift. President Andrew Johnson, a former slave proprietor from Tennessee, was once challenged through Northern Congressmen, Radical Republicans led through Thaddeus Stephens and Charles Sumner, who desired to punish the defeated South. whilst Johnson’s regulations placated the rebels on the cost of the black freed males, radicals in the home impeached him for attempting to hearth Secretary of warfare Edwin Stanton. Johnson used to be kept from elimination via one vote within the Senate trial, presided over by means of Salmon Chase. Even William Seward, Lincoln’s closest best friend in his cupboard, appeared to waver.

By the 1868 election, united Republicans nominated Ulysses supply, Lincoln's successful Union common. The evening of his victory, furnish 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 by way of post-war greed and corruption in the course of his terms.

Reconstruction died unofficially in 1887 while 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 through the unconventional Senator from Massachusetts, Charles Sumner.

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