- Reconstruction Act
After the end of the Civil War, as part of the on-going process of Reconstruction, the
United States Congresspassed four statutes known as Reconstruction Acts ( March 2, 1867(39 Cong. Ch. 153; 14 Stat. 428), March 23, 1867(40 Cong. Ch. 6; 15 Stat. 2), July 19, 1867(40 Cong. Ch. 30; 15 Stat. 14), March 11, 1868(ch. 25, 15 Stat. 25)).The acts' main points included:
* Creation of five military districts in the seceded states not including Tennessee, which had ratified the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and was readmitted to the Union
* Required congressional approval for new state constitutions (which were required for Confederate states to rejoin the Union)
* Confederate states gave voting rights to " all " men.
* All states must ratify the 14th Amendment.
Andrew Johnson’s vetoes of these measures were overridden by Congress, repeating a familiar pattern.
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