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!

Use the links above to navigate this simulation.

Greg Pride
Tough on South, Blacks few rights, President Rec., State
Greg Pride is a constitutional scholar who views almost everything through a legalistic lens. What to do about Reconstruction is simple. Just read the Constitution. Individual Southern States committed suicide when conventions there voted for secession. Individuals in these states are now like free floating particles, unattached to the country. Only the President, using his power of the pardon, has the right to return them and the separate states they make up to the Union. Once in the union, the states and not the federal government should control matters of voting, education and welfare. Accepting that premise leads to another, that blacks are entitled to no special rights that states are unwilling to grant them. Only an Amendment to the constitution can change that fact.
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 6 -The President should control Reconstruction
Belief 8 - Reconstruction should be organized and implemented on a state level

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