Reconstruction during the civil war

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Reconstruction did not just follow the Civil War. It got several months’ head start on it. From the moment that South Carolina declared itself out of the Union, plans had been plentiful as blackberries for uniting the nation again. Some were more outlandish than others: the creation of vying confederacies, with one in the Ohio Valley or another encompassing the Upper South, a free city of New York, a fresh constitutional convention, a series of amendments to resolve the slavery issue, a single amendment guaranteeing the right of states to make slavery lawful. But all were groping for the terms on which eventual reunion occurred, and some of them outlasted the war itself, notably the proposal to call a convention of all the states to set the terms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge History of the American Civil War
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 3, Affairs of the People
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781316650721
StatePublished - Oct 11 2019

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