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February 2, 1866

Congress discusses legislation meant to improve the accuracy of representation due to the inclusion of freedmen.

February 7, 1866

The breakup of the Republican party approaches due to disagreements between party leaders.

March 9, 1866

Radicals now believe Johnson's egotism embodies the "spirit of evil" and that he is looking to crush Congress

March 15, 1866

Some Radicals look to break away from the lead of Thaddeus Stevens as instability arises in the Radical party.

May 1, 1866

Forney of the Reconstruction Committee thinks it is unrealistic that the new constitution will be inflexibly enforced for Southerners- they are unwilling to accept the new laws. There is no way that the required number of states will be willing to…

May 2, 1866

Complaints on the approval of Stevens' decision to provide significant funds to the Freedmen's Bureau are expressed with a list of the items and their prices (clerks, fuel, clothing, etc.): eleven million total in expenses.

May 4, 1866

Congress debates over how the Freedmen's Bureau was able to achieve the funds of eleven million which were originally supposed to be three million. Southern leaders question how they can be robbed of property, education and their way of life, and…

May 10, 1866

The South is in absolute disbelief that the new amendment will earn a two-thirds vote from Congress; it is dead to them.

May 11, 1866

Congress resumes consideration of rallying Republicans together to oppose the possibility of the third section being stricken out. Without this part of the amendment, voting rights for former Confederate supporters will not be taken away.

May 11, 1866

Judge Underwood is attempting to try Jefferson Davis for treason. The Reconstruction Committee and Thaddeus Stevens agree that the amendment needs favor of at least nineteen states to be ratified.
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