Thematic Table of Contents

Reconstruction: Thematic Table of Contents

Presidential Proclamations

2. President Abraham Lincoln, Proclamation on Amnesty and Reconstruction, December 8, 1863
3. Wade-Davis Bill and President Abraham Lincoln’s Pocket Veto Proclamation, July 2 and 8, 1864
6. President Andrew Johnson, Proclamation on Reorganizing Constitutional Government in Mississippi, June 13, 1865
24. President Ulysses S. Grant, Proclamation on Enforcement of the 14th Amendment, May 3, 1871

Constitutional Amendments

3. Wade-Davis Bill and President Abraham Lincoln’s Pocket Veto Proclamation, July 2 and 8, 1864
14. Congressional Debate on the 14th Amendment, February – May, 1866
22. The 15th Amendment, February 2, 1870

National Laws on Reconstruction

4. The 13th Amendment to the Constitution, December 18, 1865
13. An Act to protect all Persons in the United States in their Civil Rights, and furnish the Means of their Vindication, April 9, 1866
17. Reconstruction Acts, March 2 and 23, and July 19, 1867
23. The Enforcement Acts, 1870, 1871

Supreme Court Cases

27. Associate Justices Samuel Miller and Stephen Field, The Slaughterhouse Cases, The United States Supreme Court, April 14, 1873
29. Chief Justice Morrison Waite, United States v. Cruikshank, The United States Supreme Court, March 27, 1876

Reports on Conditions in the South

8. Black Codes of Mississippi, October – December, 1865
10. Carl Schurz, Report on the Condition of South, December 19, 1865
11. Frederick Douglass, Reply of the Colored Delegation to the President, February 7, 1866
21. Executive Documents on State of the Freedmen, November 20, 1868
25. Charlotte Fowler’s Testimony to Sub-Committee on Reconstruction in Spartanburg, South Carolina, July 6, 1871
28. Colfax Massacre Reports, U.S. Senate and the Committee of 70, 1874 and 1875

Amnesty

1. President Abraham Lincoln to General Nathaniel Banks, August 5, 1863
2. President Abraham Lincoln, Proclamation on Amnesty and Reconstruction, December 8, 1863
3. Wade-Davis Bill and President Abraham Lincoln’s Pocket Veto Proclamation, July 2 and 8, 1864
7. Richard Henry Dana, “Grasp of War,” June 21, 1865
9. President Andrew Johnson, First Annual Message, December 4, 1865
12. Alexander Stephens, Address before the General Assembly of the State of Georgia, February 22, 1866
15. Charles Sumner, “The One Man Power vs. Congress!” October 2, 1866
16. Thaddeus Stevens, Speech on Reconstruction, January 3, 1867
19. Thaddeus Stevens, “Damages to Loyal Men,” March 19, 1867
26. Senator Carl Schurz, “Plea for Amnesty,” January 30, 1872
30. President Rutherford B. Hayes, Inaugural Address, March 5, 1877

Reconstruction and Readmittance of Southern Governments

2. President Abraham Lincoln, Proclamation on Amnesty and Reconstruction, December 8, 1863
3. Wade-Davis Bill and President Abraham Lincoln’s Pocket Veto Proclamation, July 2 and 8, 1864
5. President Abraham Lincoln’s Last Public Address, April 11, 1865
6. President Andrew Johnson, Proclamation on Reorganizing Constitutional Government in Mississippi, June 13, 1865
9. President Andrew Johnson, First Annual Message, December 4, 1865
10. Carl Schurz, Report on the Condition of South, December 19, 1865
12. Alexander Stephens, Address before the General Assembly of the State of Georgia, February 22, 1866
15. Charles Sumner, “The One Man Power vs. Congress!” October 2, 1866
16. Thaddeus Stevens, Speech on Reconstruction, January 3, 1867
17. Reconstruction Acts, March 2 and 23, and July 19, 1867
18. President Andrew Johnson, Veto of the First Reconstruction Act, March 2, 1867
23. The Enforcement Acts, May 31, 1870 and April 20, 1871

Civil Rights and Protection of Freedmen and Loyalists

10. Carl Schurz, Report on the Condition of the South, December 19, 1865
11. Frederick Douglass, Reply of the Colored Delegation to the President, February 7, 1866
12. Alexander Stephens, Address before the General Assembly of the State of Georgia, February 22, 1866
13. An Act to protect all Persons in the United States in their Civil Rights, and furnish the Means of their Vindication, April 9, 1866
15. Charles Sumner, “The One Man Power vs. Congress!” October 2, 1866
16. Thaddeus Stevens, Speech on Reconstruction, January 3, 1867
19. Thaddeus Stevens, “Damages to Loyal Men,” March 19, 1867
23. The Enforcement Acts, May 31, 1870 and April 20, 1871
24. President Ulysses S. Grant, Proclamation on Enforcement of the 14th Amendment, May 3, 1871
27. Associate Justices Samuel Miller and Stephen Field, The Slaughterhouse Cases, The United States Supreme Court, April 14, 1873
29. Chief Justice Morrison Waite, United States v. Cruikshank, The United States Supreme Court, March 27, 1876
31. Frederick Douglass, “The United States Cannot Remain Half-Slave and Half-Free,” April 16, 1883

Speeches

9. President Andrew Johnson, First Annual Message, December 4, 1865
12. Alexander Stephens, Address before the General Assembly of the State of Georgia, February 22, 1866
15. Charles Sumner, “The One Man Power vs. Congress!” October 2, 1866
16. Thaddeus Stevens, Speech on Reconstruction, January 3, 1867
19. Thaddeus Stevens, “Damages to Loyal Men,” March 19, 1867
26. Senator Carl Schurz, Plea for Amnesty, January 30, 1872
31. Frederick Douglas, “The United States Cannot Remain Half-Slave and Half-Free,” April 16, 1883)