Republicanism A Failure in the South-No More Reconstruction Needed
January 17, 1871
Most of Congress agrees with the South in not wanting to implement any further means of Reconstruction, for any more would be futile and unnecessary. Only Radicals would want to continue further. Congressmen agree that the South will become Democratic in the following years.
The reply which the President sent to the Senate yesterday to Senator Morton's resolution, with regard to the condition of affairs in the southern States, has made but little impression upon the Senate. With the exception of a few extreme Radicals, who are anxious to perpetuate the power of the Republican party in the South, there is no disposition to meddle with affairs in that section. Anything like a fresh attempt at reconstruction would, it is thought, react upon the Administration and make it obnoxious before the people. The majority of Congressmen are disposed to let the South alone, believing that it is better to do this than to interfere with affairs which belong exclusively to the several States. Notwithstanding, an effort will probably be made to make some capital out of the facts set forth in the President's reply to Morton's resolution. But the ablest politicians in the Republican party concede that the South will be hopelessly Democratic by the time the next Presidential election is held. Washington telegram, N. Y. Herald.
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