How are we going to integrate the former slaves into the nation?
We should forgive and please the South to make Reconstruction quick
No, I will not let the Radicals follow through with their plans, instead I believe in laissez-faire
Let's give the African Americans rights and introduce martial law
Split Ideas in the South
I just want to profit from Reconstruction in the South
Speaking on behalf of 9/10 of African Americans, we support the republicans
I support Reconstruction and the Republican Party
As the Civil War ended, slavery was officially abolished. However, two new problems arose: How to restore the Southern States to the Union and how to integrate 4 million former slaves into the nation
African American Integration
If the Southerners don't want us in their society, we will just make our own!
This is a church made just for us African Americans!
There were many different approaches on how to go forward with Reconstruction. Radical Republicans wanted to punish the south for their actions, while Lincoln wanted to pardon Confederates and allow them back into the Union with the Ten-Percent Plan.
Color in Office
Southern States had to adopt a Republican government to re-enter the Union. However, the three major groups present (Scalawags, Carpetbaggers, and African Americans) had conflicting goals
The Unfeasible Promise
Hey, can I use some of this land of yours for me and my mule?
Many Southerners refused to integrate former slaves into society. African Americans founded their own churches and established the first public school system.
In addition to voting, African American Men also ran for office positions. 16 out of 125 Southerners were black congressmen.
General Sherman had promised African Americans in his Army 40 acres of land and a mule after the war. Southerners were not willing to redistribute their private property, so this never happened.
No, I don't care what General Sherman says. I will not redistribute my land.