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  • Collection: This Week in Reconstruction, January 1-6, 1866

January 6, 1866

Federal troops withdraw from the city of Richmond as the city returns to normalcy.

January 6, 1866

A group of "bad looking negroes"accused of murdering a white woman horrifies white southerners.

January 5, 1866

The Freedmen's Bureau continues to restore land long after the war.

January 5, 1866

The withdrawal of more Union troops from Virginia encourage southerners looking to repair ties with the Union.

January 5, 1866

The Dispatch sarcastically offers support for the Women's Suffrage Movement on the grounds that women must then share a "fair" role in society.

January 4, 1866

Reports from the Freedmen's Bureau of Fairfax county state that nearly all freedmen in the district are employed and supporting themselves.

January 4, 1866

The murder of a white police officer by African Americans heightens racial tensions in Alabama.

January 3, 1866

National news arriving from Washington states that lawmakers have taken a preliminary vote on the subject of African American suffrage.

January 3, 1866

A new system of labor arises in the South in which African Americans essentially become sharecroppers who cultivate land owned by a white man and receive a portion of his profits.

January 2, 1866

The Dispatch outlines Virginia's economic advantages and then proceeds to explain why Virginia needs more access to the global economy.
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