By A. J. Langguth

An excellent evocation of the post-Civil conflict period by means of the acclaimed writer of Patriots and Union 1812. After Lincoln tells the tale of the Reconstruction, which set again black american citizens and remoted the South for a century.

With Lincoln’s assassination, his “team of rivals,” in Doris Kearns Goodwin’s word, was once left adrift. President Andrew Johnson, a former slave proprietor from Tennessee, used to be challenged through Northern Congressmen, Radical Republicans led through Thaddeus Stephens and Charles Sumner, who desired to punish the defeated South. whilst Johnson’s rules placated the rebels on the fee of the black freed males, radicals in the home impeached him for attempting to fireplace Secretary of struggle Edwin Stanton. Johnson was once stored from elimination through one vote within the Senate trial, presided over via Salmon Chase. Even William Seward, Lincoln’s closest best friend in his cupboard, looked as if it would waver.

By the 1868 election, united Republicans nominated Ulysses furnish, Lincoln's successful Union basic. The evening of his victory, supply lamented to his spouse, “I’m afraid I’m elected.” His makes an attempt to reconcile Southerners with the Union and to quash the emerging Ku Klux Klan have been undercut by means of post-war greed and corruption in the course of his terms.

Reconstruction died unofficially in 1887 whilst Republican Rutherford Hayes joined with the Democrats in a deal that got rid of the final federal troops from South Carolina and Louisiana. In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed a invoice with protections first proposed in 1872 by means of the unconventional Senator from Massachusetts, Charles Sumner.

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Freight facilities were lacking as well. In Grand Rapids, the company rented space for freight in a building on Lyon and Canal Streets. Other depots along the line had minimal freight handling facilities as well. The managers quickly saw that there was an opportunity in moving freight, especially lessthan-carload freight. The freight motors could efficiently move barrels and crates containing industrial goods, produce, and packages between the terminal cities and the towns along its track. Furthermore, an interurban could offer same-day service to its customers.

Furthermore, an interurban could offer same-day service to its customers. The company quickly won a contract to carry the mail between Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Grand Haven. The slogan for freight became “Express service at freight rates,” as the service was superior to that offered by the steam railroads, at a comparable price. The freight operations quickly outgrew the leased facility. In 1904, the GRGH&M built a freight house of its own at the corner of Goodrich and Oakes Streets in Grand Rapids.

45 In 1913, the GRGH&M built a station in Spring Lake. The stucco building stood at the corner of Jackson and Savage Streets. A separate freight house, not visible in this image, stood behind the building. In 1917, the company installed a substation in the freight house to help balance the power on the branch. New automated substation technology allowed the equipment to function automatically and did not require an operator. A combination passenger-freight car is traveling east along Savidge Street in Spring Lake.

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