well it is in the dictionary........We need to have a common definition of what a so called "Radical Republican " is and what makes them so "radical ".
Goes from bad here to worse during reconstruction!The liberals were always there in the Republican party but slavery united them with the radicals...
The liberal Republicans had been involved in the “Southern question” for three decades by the time Hayes became president in 1877. After helping to start the Free Soil Party in 1848, many of them had then helped organize the Republican Party in the 1850s. The goal of the liberal Republicans in both parties was to end slavery and the Slave Power, both of which they thought endangered the nation’s republican institutions. During the Civil War the liberal republicans fought against the Slave Power and for the preservation of the Union’s republican form of government while becoming increasingly concerned about the effects...
So white supremacy paramilitaries had nothing to do with the failure of Reconstruction? Also the lack of funding for the U.S. Army and state militias to combat said white supremacy paramilitaries was not also a factor in the failure of Reconstruction ? Also an underfunded Friedman's Bureau and quality education.Just a note about 'liberal Republicans". IMO they were "white guys who didn't know their *** from their elbow". It is they, more than anyone else probably, they doomed Reconstruction.
Andrew Slap, The Doom of Reconstruction: The Liberal Republicans in the Civil War Era, 2007. The standard work on these characters. He tries to paint them in a sympathetic light - warts and all. Book received OK reviews but reviewers were asking a lot of "but what about....", "but this was happening..." etc.
Wasn't really a political party but a group of 23 individuals who worked to challenge Grant and then worked over-time to ensure Reconstruction failed. Their legacy caused a lot of damage and few know how destructive they were. Then they disappeared in history. These Republicans were inept political amateurs who were outmaneuvered when they attempted a formal party system in the 1872 Republican convention.
I would blame the bulk of U.S. politicians who didn't support a vigerourous counterinsurgency campaign using mostly local Southern blacks and Unionists. Also lots of support for education and vocational training for newly freed slaves. Of course the General voting public was not willing to fund such efforts.I should have said something like "It is they, more than anyone else probably, they doomed Reconstruction. UP NORTH, ESPECIALLY TOWARDS THE END."
Unfortunately that definition seems pretty limited considering it only applies to after the war when the term was in fact also used before the war (and naturally might be relevant to how it applies after the war as well).well it is in the dictionary........
would assume Lincoln/Johnston's position of a more conciliatory nature and trying to hasten reunion would represent a more moderate position
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