This Week in Reconstruction, June 18-23, 1866

As the controversy over the Jefferson Davis trial continues, white Southerners push for conciliation. The same crowd who wants other former Confederate leaders to get off easily also wants Davis to receive a gentle punishment. Northern Republicans question if Davis's living quarters at Fortress Monroe is suitable for a prisoner charged guilty with treason. Government officials are given orders to lock Davis in shackles, and he confesses that he would rather be put to death than put in irons. White Southerners grow concerned as a weaker and older Davis's health starts to deteriorate. Blacks continue to show an increasing resistance to white authority. By banding together, they are less afraid to use the Civil Rights act for bailing innocent friends and family out of prison. There is a rise in criminal action between blacks and whites, triggered by confidence rooted in the Civil Rights act. This sense of fearlessness is reflected by a white schoolteacher and black man who decide to marry in Tennessee. A fully black jury finds a white man guilty of stealing belongings of a black man. They agree he should be given lashes on the back for his punishment.

Contributed By

Brooke Beam