Black Votes: Frederick Douglass Meets With Andrew Johnson 2/7/1866 Reconstruction150

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Johnson argued that non-slaveholding whites in the South had come to hate blacks because, as slaves. they had given planters a monopoly on power in the South. He said that blacks had contempt for poor whites, a charge Douglass denied. Then Johnson said that blacks status had improved greatly through Emancipation while Southern whites had seen their situation decline:
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Andrew Johnson is definitely in the running as the worst president of the United States.

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He had a point though. Consider that there were still several Northern states that disenfranchised blacks at the time. Forcing black enfranchisement on the South would certainly alienate white Southerners. But depriving blacks of the vote would leave them defenseless.

Reconstruction was a no-win situation. It was a balancing act between two evils. Johnson as it turned out had poor balance, but I doubt anyone could have walked that tightrope without taking some severe spills, even Lincoln.
 



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