This Week in Reconstruction, March 12-17, 1866
Bills concerning the rights of freedmen continue to circulate through the two Houses as Radicals look to expand the rights of African Americans. White southerners feel disfranchised as new legislation in Congress extends the right of suffrage to all "loyal" men irrespective of color. Southerners feel they are targeted by the northerners in power who simply look to degrade their rights while promoting African American rights. Anger towards African Americans comes to the surface as altercations between white southerners and African Americans continue to enrage both communities. Tensions between the two races grow as African Americans voice their frustration with their treatment and Southern states try to deny the progress of reconstruction.