America: A Concise History, Volume 2: Since 1865 by James A. Henretta

By James A. Henretta

Short and reasonable, but cautious to not sacrifice components important to scholar studying, the USA provides scholars and teachers every thing they need — and not anything they don’t. The authors’ personal abridgement preserves the hallmark explanatory strength of the dad or mum textual content, assisting scholars to appreciate not just what occurred yet why — so they’re by no means left brooding about what’s vital. a special seven-part narrative constitution highlights the an important turning issues in American heritage and explores the dynamic forces shaping every one interval, facilitating scholars’ realizing of continuity and alter. The narrative is enriched and strengthened by means of brilliant full-color artwork and punctiliously crafted maps, which offer precious instruments for pupil comprehension and enrichment. primary-source gains in each bankruptcy make sure that scholars comprehend ancient occasions as they have been seen nationally and across the world. the result's a short ebook that, as well as being a very good expense, is a superb worth.

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Johnson appointed provisional governors for the southern states, requiring as conditions for their restoration only that they revoke their ordinances of secession, repudiate their Confederate debts, and ratify the Thirteenth Amendment. Within months, all the former Confederate states had met Johnson’s terms and had functioning elected governments. At first, Republicans responded favorably. The moderates were sympathetic to Johnson’s argument that it was up to the states, not the federal government, to define the rights of the freedmen.

Nearly three years had passed when I traveled through the country, and yet we have seen what traces the war had left in such cities as Richmond, Petersburg, and Columbia. The same spectacle met me at Charleston. Churches and houses had been battered down by heavy shot and shell hurled into the city from Federal batteries at a distance of five miles. . Over the country districts the prostration was equally marked. Along the track of Sherman’s army especially, the devastation was fearful — farms laid waste, fences burned, bridges destroyed, houses left in ruins, plantations in many cases turned into wilderness again.

By an accident of timing, he was free to act on his convictions. Although the 38th Congress had adjourned in March 1865, under leisurely rules that went back to the early republic the 39th Congress was not scheduled to convene until December 1865. Johnson Seizes the Initiative Johnson was a self-made man from the hills of eastern Tennessee. Born in 1808, he was apprenticed as a boy to a tailor. With no formal schooling — his wife was his teacher — Johnson prospered. His tailor shop became a political meeting place, and natural leader that he was, he soon entered local politics with the backing of Greeneville’s small farmers and laborers.

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