Two Presidential Plans
Lincoln wanted to get the union back together as soon as possible and did not want to punish the South for their actions because he thought it would cause more drama but unfortunately, he was assasinated by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre. Johnson now wants the South to agree to a lot of things. The South has to ratify the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendment and agree that the US does not have to pay their debts from the Civil War.
Slavery Ends In Texas!
New Texas Governor Appointed
President Johnson has appointed Andrew Hamilton to governor of Texas because he is a Unionist and is a former state governor. The delegates at the Constitutional Convention were mostly people who supported the secession with a few of them being high-ranking officers in the army. The convention, due to the amount of people that supported secession, was biased in our favor.
A New Constitution
To be remitted into the United States Texas was forced to revise our Consitution making it the Texas Constitution of 1866. In our new constitution we had to state we would abolish slavery, nullify secession, and realize that we would have to pay our war debts. Lucky we did have a little bit of choice in what do in our goverment allowing us to elect people that lead us through the war. The state legislature filled with our heros are refusing to ratify two US constitution amendments, the 13th and 14th, which protected the rights of formerly enslaved people and outlawed slavery. The legislature also set up Black Codes that restrict the rights of the "freed people".
Congress Takes Control
The congress feels that Johnson's plan is not working because it brought former confederates into power in the South. Radical Republicans are people who think that the congress should direct reconstruction. The reason the Radical Republicans are still in power is because they care about the "slaves" and protecting them.
Freedmen Get The Vote
This week General Charles Griffin gave freedmen the right to vote. This won't help us with keeping them below us. Over... freedmen got to vote, but he also removed a bunch of us Confedrates from power if we looked like we opposed secession, and replaced us with Republicans. The Ku Klux Klan is a secret organization of white men that are using violence against our former slaves. The KKK oppose scalawags and carpetbaggers because they both are helping the freedmen in some way. Scalawags are white southerners who support reconstruction and carpetbaggers are Northerners who moved to the south, carrying items in suitcases or carpetbags, to share their ideas on how to reconstruct. One incident with the KKK is a mass murder of 200 freedmen at the freedmans bureau. If this keeps on going we may have a chance on getting our own way of life back.