Anti-Reconstruction in Texas

Presidential Reconstruction

Andrew Johnson wanted Texas to accept the 13th Amendment and end slavery. The states that had seceded had to declare that their action of section was illegal. If white men wanted to vote, they had to state loyalty to the United States. Also, all states had to cancel all war debt.

Texas Against Presidential Reconstruction

Texas did not want Presidential Reconstruction because they were for slavery and the 13th Amendment was what ended slavery. Texas did not agree with 13th Amendment which played a big factor in Presidential Reconstruction. They also did not think that secession was illegal.


Texas not only hated Reconstruction, but also Carpetbaggers. Carpetbaggers were Northerners who moved to the South hoping to receive an economic gain. Many and most Southerners viewed them as opportunists looking to exploit and profit from the region's misfortunes-supported the Republican Party. Texas also thought that the Northerners thought they were better than Texans.

Redeemers & Democrats

The Redeemers in Texas did not want construction and were not willing to change their minds. The Democrats, on the other had, were very much for Reconstruction. I would agree with the Democrats because Reconstruction would end slavery which I think would be best because slavery is wrong.