Introduction to "The Reconstruction Convention Simulation".

The cast of characters attending the convention.

The readings for your paper listed by belief.

The Simulation - What you have to do!

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Tom Jeff
Tough on South, Blacks few rights, Congress Rec., State
Tom Jeff is a bitter old man. Three of his sons volunteered for the Union army and went South, far from their family farm in central Maine. All three died, the last only two weeks before the surrender of Robert E. Lee. Although he has never been involved in politics, people in his town selected him as their representative at the conference on Reconstruction. He arrives at the conference convinced that Congress not the President has the answer to Reconstruction—punishing the South harshly--and that Congress should be able to remake the State governments to do their bidding. He has never met a black person in his life and can see no reason to assure blacks special protection or even equal rights.
Readings based on Beliefs:
Belief 2 - Difficult for the South to get back into the Union and pardons should be difficult to secure
Belief 4 - Freedmen and free blacks should receive few political, economic and social rights
Belief 5 - Congress should control Reconstruction
Belief 8 - Reconstruction should be organized and implemented on a state level
 

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