Chapterseventeen of Beitzinger’s (2011) book AHistory of American Political Thought speakswidely on the topic of reconstruction. The chapter focuses on themajor events that occurred during the Civil War of 1861 to theelectoral crisis of 1876. During the war, the author states that oversix hundred thousand soldiers were killed and over half a millioninjured in the quest to create a republic that is singular ratherthan plural. The primary focus after the war was to reconstruct thenation under the rule of the federal government which took authorityover the individual state governments.
Beitzinger’s(2011) puts that later, different leaders came up and developed theirplans on how to reconstruct the nation. Abraham Lincoln came up witha scheme of bringing back the seceded states and free the slaves(Beitzinger,2011).He succeeded in ensuring that the slaves were freed and that noracist actuation was done on the land. Lincoln believed that he hadsuccessfully overcome the racist’s forces but was assassinated,hence leaving the plans of reconstruction to the racist, AndrewJohnson (Beitzinger, 2011). The paper goes on to give accounts of thethings that happened after the death of Lincoln. The activitiesincluded the Congress Reconstruction and the impeachment crisis of1867, woman suffrage and reconstruction, the land labor, the age ofcapital, among much more. It is during this period as explained byBeitzinger (2011), that the important steps and decisions were made.
Inchapter eighteen, the author speaks of the establishment of nationalsupremacy. This chapter is a continuation of chapter seventeen, as itgives the account of how the laws of the land were developed. It alsospeaks of the bid to create a nation that is independent andrespected for the might and ability to develop significant decisionson its own. The chapter described the various powers of thegovernment and how each has its significance.
Beitzinger,A. J. (2011). Ahistory of American political thought.Wipf and Stock Publishers.