A Companion to the Reconstruction Presidents 1865-1881 by Edward O. Frantz

By Edward O. Frantz

A better half to Reconstruction Presidents presents a sequence of unique essays that discover various vital matters, subject matters, and debates linked to the presidencies of Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. supply, and Rutherford B. Hayes.

  • Represents the 1st finished examine the presidencies of Johnson, provide, and Hayes in a single volume
  • Features contributions from most sensible historians and presidential scholars
  • Approaches the examine of those presidents from a historiographical perspective
  • Key subject matters comprise each one president’s political occupation; overseas coverage; family coverage; army heritage; and social context in their phrases in office

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This might have been nothing more than political point scoring, but it does indicate a change. Another clue as to the shift in Johnson’s philosophy of politics and power lay in the new emphasis he placed on loyalty. He demanded it from Tennesseans and those who withheld it he counted as an enemy. Whether freed slaves or whites who proffered oaths of loyalty, Johnson came to believe deeply in the personal act of political contrition, and it would be this act which would form the core of his policies during Reconstruction.

Another clue as to the shift in Johnson’s philosophy of politics and power lay in the new emphasis he placed on loyalty. He demanded it from Tennesseans and those who withheld it he counted as an enemy. Whether freed slaves or whites who proffered oaths of loyalty, Johnson came to believe deeply in the personal act of political contrition, and it would be this act which would form the core of his policies during Reconstruction. As the occupied South’s greatest booster, Johnson mixed support for the Union with support for his own political ambitions.

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