This Week in Reconstruction, January 15-20, 1866
Troops continue to withdraw from the South and a sense of normalcy returns to the lives of Virginians. The District of Columbia considers an African American suffrage bill that southerners believe to be flawed in principle. Politicians, the paper claims, had been bullied into supporting the suffrage movement by the federal government. White Virginians believe that Republican policies stand in the way of their prosperity. White Virginians demand that the federal government lessen the restrictions placed on the South in order to achieve the economic prosperity that Virginia had enjoyed before the war.