Andrew Johnson: Opposed Anti Slavery Legislation

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American Civil Rights: 1865-1877 People • Andrew Johnson: Opposed anti-slavery legislation. Oversaw the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which should have guaranteed legal equality for blacks. He is significant because he was lenient towards the Southern States who opposed the abolition of slavery, letting them continue with most of their pre-1866 actions. He also wanted to let these Southern states re-join the Union, detriment to the welfare of blacks as many feared the whites in the South would simply control their own Reconstruction Period. He also refused to pass legislation about the rights of the freed slaves, meaning the Southern states were able to develop their own Black Codes. • Ulysses S. Grant: Elected after Andrew Johnson in 1868. Grant was more compliant with the radical Republicans who wanted to see…show more content…
Washington: Booker T. Washington believed that the black people of America should be helped by the whites, not that they were equal to them – he asked the whites for help in terms of preparing the blacks for “real life situations” and for society, so they could be ready for life, but he was not interested in blacks being equal to the whites, as he felt that pure equality would mean nothing to the blacks if they could not succeed in life. Overall, he wanted job education for blacks so they could learn how to do their jobs to their highest potential. He can be thought of as being focused on getting blacks economic equality. • William DuBois: William DuBois focused on the exact opposite to Washington; his “gradualist political strategy”, which said that the more educated the blacks were, the more equal they would become to whites. He believed that economic security wasn’t enough for the blacks and they should become educated. DuBois essentially took Washington’s ideas a step further; Washington purely argued for the blacks to have opportunities within work, DuBois wanted full black rights.
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