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Haddeus Stevens said that According to a report by the “every man, no matter Freedmen’s Bureau, the whites what his race or color; every were inflamed when a city earthly being who has an official, John C. Creighton, immortal soul, has an equal “in a speech which received right to justice, honesty, and three hearty cheers from the fair play with every other man; crowd there assembled . . ” Forty-six African Americans were killed. The report said that “they were shot down without mercy, women suffered alike with the men, and in several instances little children were killed.

Many thought that they should be given some of the property that made up the plantations. After all, African Americans said, they had worked hard to make the plantations economically successful, so they should get some Lincoln and Reconstruction · 31 benefit from them. As one former slave said, “Our wives, our children, our husbands, has been sold over and over again to purchase the lands we now locates on . . we has a right to [that] land . . didn’t we clear the land and raise de crops. . ” A few blacks occupied the plantations of their former masters and started to farm the land on their own.

Another bill proposed that the Freedmen’s Bureau should continue to serve the needs of former slaves in the South. A majority of Congress passed both these bills. A New Reconstruction Plan · 47 However, President Johnson vetoed them. He believed that the federal government did not have the power to force states to guarantee equal rights for their citizens. Charles Sumner orn in Boston, Massachusetts, in B Reconstruction plan. Sumner 1811, Charles Sumner later remained one of the strongest attended Harvard University and then supporters of equal rights for became a lawyer.

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