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Reconstruction was also very political as well as punitive. The republicans, lacking enough of a power base, proposed reconstruction in order to disenfranchise the white population and enfranchise the the black population. Just look at the voting history of the the state and national elections in those states which had reentered the union. Also, after Grant, there would no longer be any further Republican majorities in the south. This coincided with the removal of the federal troops in the south.

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