Re: The after effects of the Civil War
~Having a police state in the defeated South, surely would & did, rankle many of the population. It wouldn't end till the political presidential deal of 1877 to remove those troops.
~Johnson was indeed on a slippery political & career slope. Was he to carry out Lincoln's more generous policy towards the South? He was lenient. Was he to follow the Radical Republicans and their blood thirsty calls for the South to pay servery? Or was he to be his own man and look to getting reelected as president? He was no Lincoln and didn't have Lincoln's power base.
~The South's economy was devastated; it's male population shredded for years to come & a way of life for many, was gone. The aftermath of war, no matter the century, is always hardest on the civilian population.