The American Pageant: Volume II: Since 1865 by David M. Kennedy, Lizabeth Cohen

By David M. Kennedy, Lizabeth Cohen

The yankee festival enjoys a name as probably the most renowned, powerful, and exciting texts in American background. the colourful anecdotes, first-person quotations, and trademark wit carry American heritage to existence. The 14th version locations an excellent better emphasis at the international context of yank historical past via a brand new characteristic, "Thinking Globally." Revised fundamental resource beneficial properties excite scholar curiosity and support them learn how to learn files the best way historians do. extra pedagogical good points make the yankee festival available to scholars: half openers and chapter-ending chronologies offer a context for the foremost sessions in American historical past, whereas different good points current fundamental resources, scholarly debates, and key ancient figures for research.

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If a black man draws even a bucket of water from a well, he must first get the permission of a white man, his enemy. . If he asks for work to earn his living, he must ask it of a white man; and the whites are determined to give him no work, except on such terms as will make him a serf and impair his liberty. ” The codes also sought to restore as nearly as possible the pre-emancipation system of race relations. Freedom was legally recognized, as were some other privileges, such as the right to marry.

It disfranchised certain leading Con- Before President Andrew Johnson (1808–1875) softened his Southern policy, his views were radical. Speaking on April 21, 1865, he declared, “ It is not promulgating anything that I have not heretofore said to say that traitors must be made odious, that treason must be made odious, that traitors must be punished and impoverished. They must not only be punished, but their social power must be destroyed. ’ ” federates, including those with taxable property worth more than $20,000, though they might petition him for personal pardons.

The Supreme Court had already ruled, in the At a constitutional convention in Alabama, freed people affirmed their rights in the following declaration: “ We claim exactly the same rights, privileges and immunities as are enjoyed by white men—we ask nothing more and will be content with nothing less. . The law no longer knows white nor black, but simply men, and consequently we are entitled to ride in public conveyances, hold office, sit on juries and do everything else which we have in the past been prevented from doing solely on the ground of color.

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