This Week in Reconstruction, March 1-3, 1866
Tennessee stands on the verge of becoming the first ex-confederate state readmitted into Congress as readmission legislation reaches Congress. Southerners are excited by the possibility of Tennessee's readmission as it paves way for the readmission of other former Confederate states back into Congress. White southerners are finally appeased by a bill guaranteeing insurances for immigrants and are surprised to see the federal government aid their cause. Southerners want these immigrants to help replace the loss of cheap labor suffered by plantation owners after emancipation but know they must put insurances in place to guarantee certain rights to emigrants and plantation owners.