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Among the results of Radical Reconstruction were both Andrew Johnsons term and opposition to his term as well as the Southern Resistance which caused it to fail After President Lincoln was assassinated in 1865 Andrew Johnson became president As a result of Lincolns assassination most Northerners felt that harsher means were going to be necessary At the very beginning of Johnsons term he granted 13 000 pardons in merely 6 months By doing so he allowed the ex-Confederate leaders to gain access to the political scene The opposition to Johnsons beliefs thus began Many of the Southern States refused to ratify the 13th amendment which would end slavery This opposition of belief then began what is known as Radical Reconstruction While Johnson was in this first term he was able to openly oppose much if not all of Congress ideals President Johnson used his veto power abundantly He vetoed the Homestead Act of 1866 which would allow land ownership of freedom He vetoed the Civil Rights Act of 1855 which would have given freedmen property ownership as well as the ability to make contractsand go to the court Another gain President Johnson was able to get was the failure to ratify the 14th amendment which he openly opposed however it would soon be ratified The tides turned however in the Congressional Election of 1866 The Rebulicans were able to gain a 3-1 majority in congress and thus the main cause of the failure began The New Electorate was then able to pass as much legislative opposing Johnson as they pleased because although Johnson vetoed the legislature Congress simply got the 23 vote necessary to override the veto Johnsons opposition did not stop there Congress began to implement its strategy to lessen the power of the president Congress passed the Tenure of Office Act which called for congresses censure for the President to remove a cabinet member of office The main reason for this was
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