Congressman James A. Garfield and Reconstruction

Here’s Todd Arrington, the site manager of the James A. Garfield National Historical Site, with an outstanding presentation on Garfield in Reconstruction.

The video’s description reads, “Fresh from the Union army and the battlefields of the Civil War, James A. Garfield of Ohio entered Congress in late 1863 committed to abolition and Radical Republicanism. Over the next 10-15 years, however, Garfield’s commitment to radicalism softened. Learn more about Garfield’s background and his political views on African American rights, treatment of former Confederates, and other important national issues during the Reconstruction period. Historian Todd Arrington examines Garfield’s Reconstruction-era political experiences and how they prepared him to run for and serve as President of the United States”


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