Reconstruction: Political & Economic, 1865-1877

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RECONSTRUCTION, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC

CHAPTER I
PROBLEMS OF THE RESTORED UNION (1865)

WITH the capitulation of Johnston's army to General Sherman on April 26, 1865, the last possibility of successful organized resistance by the South to the United States government disappeared. The scattered remnants of the Confederate military power had little inclination and less ability to check the flood of Federal invasion that was spreading over all the regions hitherto untouched by the devastation of war. One after another the southern commanders made their submission to the conquerors, and by the end of May the authority of the United States met no shadow of opposition from the Potomac to the Rio Grande. To the people of the North this meant that their passionate demand of 1861 had been realized -- the Union was preserved; to the people of the South it meant that their bitterest forebodings of that year had come

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