America: A Concise History, Volume 2: Since 1865 - download pdf or read online

By James A. Henretta

ISBN-10: 0312485433

ISBN-13: 9780312485436

Short and cheap, but cautious to not sacrifice parts very important to scholar studying, the United States offers scholars and teachers every thing they need — and not anything they don’t. The authors’ personal abridgement preserves the hallmark explanatory energy of the father or mother textual content, assisting scholars to appreciate not just what occurred yet why — so they’re by no means left brooding about what’s very important. a distinct seven-part narrative constitution highlights the an important turning issues in American historical past and explores the dynamic forces shaping every one interval, facilitating scholars’ realizing of continuity and alter. The narrative is enriched and strengthened via vivid full-color artwork and punctiliously crafted maps, which offer beneficial instruments for pupil comprehension and enrichment. primary-source beneficial properties in each bankruptcy make sure that scholars comprehend historic occasions as they have been seen nationally and across the world. the result's a short booklet that, as well as being a good rate, is a wonderful worth.

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Men who had held commanding positions . . were filling humble situations — struggling, many of them, to earn a bare subsistence. . I remember dining with three cultured Southern gentlemen . . all living together in a plain little wooden house, such as they would formerly have provided for their servants. Two of them were engaged in a railway office, the third was seeking a situation, frequently, in his vain search, passing the large blinded house where he had lived in luxurious ease before the war.

1 Primary Reconstruction Laws and Constitutional Amendments Law (Date of Congressional Passage) Key Provisions Thirteenth Amendment (January 1865*) Civil Rights Act of 1866 (April 1866) Prohibited slavery Defined citizenship rights of freedmen Authorized federal authorities to bring suit against those who violated those rights Established national citizenship for persons born or naturalized in the United States Prohibited the states from depriving citizens of their civil rights or equal protection under the law Reduced state representation in House of Representatives by the percentage of adult male citizens denied the vote Divided the South into five military districts, each under the command of a Union general Established requirements for readmission of ex-Confederate states to the Union Required Senate consent for removal of any federal official whose appointment had required Senate confirmation Forbade states to deny citizens the right to vote on the grounds of race, color, or “previous condition of servitude” Authorized the president to use federal prosecutions and military force to suppress conspiracies to deprive citizens of the right to vote and enjoy the equal protection of the law Fourteenth Amendment (June 1866†) Reconstruction Act of 1867 (March 1867‡) Tenure of Office Act (March 1867) Fifteenth Amendment (February 1869) Ku Klux Klan Act (April 1871) *Ratified by three-fourths of all states in December 1868.

After an eleven-week trial, thirty-five senators on May 15 voted for conviction — one vote short of the two-thirds majority required. Seven moderate Republicans voted for acquittal along with twelve Democrats. The dissenting Republicans felt that removing a president for defying Congress was too damaging to the constitutional system of checks and balances, even for the sake of punishing Johnson. And they were wary of the alternative: the Radical Republican Benjamin F. Wade, the president pro tem of the Senate, who, since there was no vice president, stood next in line for the presidency.

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