This Week in Reconstruction, August 23-31, 1866

As summer sets in, Washington falls into an anti-war state. Southerners wait on the resigning of Secretary Stanton and a new War Department. Based on the economic state of the nation, Johnson cuts military pay, despite the argument of soldiers and officers that they should be receiving the same salary in times of war and peace. Union party members push for blacks to have a voice in the Philadelphia National Convention. After receiving approval to choose a representative delegate, Frederick Douglass is nominated, putting white Southerners to the test. Radicals grow concerned about the possibility of a political revolution in New York, where a growing number of Conservatives are gaining political support.

Contributed By

Brooke Beam