Browse Weekly Highlights (235 total)

This Week in Reconstruction, January 1-6, 1866

The Virginia Legislature discusses legislation requiring whites to take care of the "helpless" freedmen. Congress sends Northern commissioners down to…

Contributors: Justin Barlow

This Week in Reconstruction, January 8-13, 1866

The second week of January, 1866 comes with progress regarding the suffrage movement, Southern readmission to Congress, and the expansion of the…

Contributors: Justin Barlow

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…

Contributors: Justin Barlow

This Week in Reconstruction, February 1-3, 1866

The Freedmen's Bureau seizes the attention of the Dispatch and the white south. There is no need for the Freedmen's Bureau, the Dispatch argues, and…

Contributors: Justin Barlow

This Week in Reconstruction, February 5-10, 1866

The possible end of the Freedmen's Bureau remains a fierce topic of debate as politicians across the nation argue over the continuance of the Bureau.…

Contributors: Justin Barlow

This Week in Reconstruction, February 12-17, 1866

Discussions regarding the Freedmen's Bureau bill dominate the Dispatch as the decision for approval or disapproval approaches. The Dispatch believes…

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This Week in Reconstruction, February 19-28, 1866

The Dispatch believes that President Johnson will veto The Freedmen's Bureau bill which brings "great excitement" to the Dispatch. The Dispatch…

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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.…

Contributors: Justin Barlow

This Week in Reconstruction, March 5-10, 1866

Southerners, "disenfranchised" by the war, are thrilled by the prospect of new legislation proposed by Radicals meant to ensure the "enjoyment of…

Contributors: Justin Barlow

This Week in Reconstruction, March 12-17, 1866

Bills concerning the rights of freedmen continue to circulate through the two Houses as Radicals look to expand the rights of African Americans. White…

Contributors: Justin Barlow