Henry Wilson and the Era of Reconstruction

John L. Myers


Henry Wilson and the Era of Reconstruction

Henry Wilson and the Era of Reconstruction

  • Title: Henry Wilson and the Era of Reconstruction
  • Author: John L. Myers
  • ISBN: 9780761847427
  • Page: 101
  • Format: Paperback



Already a leader of the Republican party when the Civil War began, Henry Wilson had distinguished himself as the most important Congressional figure on military and antislavery and pro black legislation during the war During the Era of Reconstruction, Wilson fought to protect the rights of the newly freed slaves, but he was opposed to the severe punishment of ConfederateAlready a leader of the Republican party when the Civil War began, Henry Wilson had distinguished himself as the most important Congressional figure on military and antislavery and pro black legislation during the war During the Era of Reconstruction, Wilson fought to protect the rights of the newly freed slaves, but he was opposed to the severe punishment of Confederate leaders and initially tried to be conciliatory toward President Johnson s lenient policies Soon Wilson joined others in promoting Congress s own Reconstruction program, including the 14th and 15th Amendments, the Military Reconstruction Acts, and the impeachment of the President He became the Republican Party s most frequently used campaign speaker Long recognized as a spokesman for labor, he was also the foremost national politician promoting the cause of prohibition He wrote the most authoritative three volume work on the causes of the Civil War from the northern viewpoint He was also a frequent contributor to the era s most influential religious periodical In 1872, Wilson was rewarded for his political activities when he was nominated and elected as the country s vice president.


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