The Reconstruction Act of 1867 was one of the most controversial and far-reaching legislative measures ever enacted by an American Congress. The political motivations behind it, and other legislation regarding slavery, confiscation of Confederate property, Negro voting, and the readmission of the Southern states, have not been easy to define. David Donald uses the latest techiques of behavioral science, especially roll-call analysis, to suggest that a congressman's strength in his diestrict usually determined whether he voted with the radicals, moderates, or conservatives in the Republican Party.
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David Donald is Charles Warren Professor of American History and Professor of American Civilization, Harvard University. Among his many publications is Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in biography.
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