Start Your Visit WithHistorical Timelines
General Interest Maps
At one time or another, several people or entities put forth plans for restoring the Union, including:
Quotes regarding Reconstruction Plans.
By Salmon P. Chase
Congress was right in not limiting, by its reconstruction acts, the right of suffrage to whites; but wrong in the exclusion from suffrage of certain classes of citizens and all unable to take its prescribed retrospective oath, and wrong also in the establishment of despotic military governments for the States and in authorizing military commissions for the trial of civilians in time of peace. There should have been as little military government as possible; no military commissions; no classes excluded from suffrage; and no oath except one of faithful obedience and support to the Constitution and laws, and of sincere attachment to the constitutional Government of the United States.
Letter to August Belmont, 1868
- - - Books You May Like Include: ----
From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans by John Hope Franklin.
Since its original publication in 1947, From slavery to Freedom has stood as the definitive history of African Americans. Coauthors John Hope Franklin...
Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution 1863-1877 by Eric Foner.
This masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history made history when it was originally published in 1988. It redefined ho...
Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen by Philip Dray.
Reconstruction was a time of idealism and sweeping change, as the victorious Union created citizenship rights for the freed slaves and granted the vot...