The Attorney General's Opinion
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
The Walla Walla Statesman editorializes with approval that U.S. Attorney General [James] Speed does not seem to favor any amendments to the Constitution of the United States, including the 14th and 15th, which would confer citizenship on and enfranchise black men. Considering the Constitution as perfect a governing document as man can make, Speed remarks that "reconstruction" is not the right term to describe the "restoring order and reorganizing society" that must take place in the wake of the war. This editorial speaks to the distaste many territorial settlers felt for black equality, as embodied in the two postwar amendments.
The editor of the Walla Walla Statesman quotes with approving commentary an opinion of U.S. Attorney General James Speed.
Walla Walla Statesman
Walla Walla W.T.: R.R. and S.G. Rees
Vol. IV, No. 32, p. 2, col. C
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