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Congressional Reconstruction, supervised by federal troops, took effect in the spring of 1867. The Johnson regimes were dismantled, state constitutional conventions met, and voters elected new state governments, which Republicans dominated. In 1868, a majority of the former Confederate states rejoined the Union, and two years later, the last four states—Virginia, Mississippi, Georgia, and Texas—followed. Readmission to the Union did not end the process of Reconstruction, for Republicans still held power in the South.
Radical Republican leaders called for black suffrage, federal support for public schools, confiscation of Confederate estates, and an extended period of military occupation in the South. Moderate Republicans, who once would have found such a plan too extreme, now accepted parts of it. In February 1867, after complex legislative maneuvers and many late-night sessions, Congress passed the Reconstruction Act of 1867. Johnson vetoed the law, and on March 2 Congress passed it over his veto. 1). The Reconstruction Act of 1867 invalidated the state governments formed under the Lincoln and Johnson plans.
The owner, Dr. Isaac Jones, lived in town, and an overseer ran the place harshly. Dr. Jones was harsh, too. When Union and Confederate forces clashed nearby in 1862 at Pea Ridge, Arkansas, Dr. Jones announced that the enemy would never liberate his slaves because he would shoot them first (“line you up on de bank of Bois d’Arc Creek and free you wid my shotgun”). Soon after, an explosion of the boiler of his steam-powered cotton gin incinerated Dr. Jones. “Later in de war Yankees come in all around and camp, and de overseer git sweet as honey in de comb,” Katie Rowe observed.