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They passed the Fourteenth and Fifteenth amendments to guarantee equality under the law and the right to vote.

Both amendments counteracted efforts by the President, the southern states, and the courts to block Congress's Reconstruction program.

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When can the Constitution not be amended?

The Constitution cannot be amended if sufficient agreement is not reached. There are two methods of amendment, both requiring defined levels of agreement between the states and the Congress. If agreement is reached, the amendment is adopted. Amendments can also be repealed by the enactment of a further amendment.


Does state government have sovereign power over national government?

Nope, National government has sovereign power over State government. Wrong. The Constitution gives Congress very little power over state governments. The Constitution provides a list of powers reserved to Congress (post offices, a navy, foreign treaties, etc) and specifies that all other powers - without limit - are reserved to the states. So there are few areas for dispute between Congress and states, as long as neither intrudes on the legitimate issues reserved to the other. States DO have a huge potential power over the feds: States alone can amend the Constitution, and do so without interference by Congress. A Constitutional Convention of states could eliminate the Senate, make the President's term 23 months, or prohibit abortion nationwide. Once STATES vote to do that, feds must obey the revised Constitution without further discussion.


Who decides if enough states have ratified a constitutional amendment?

The U. S. Constitution requires that after a proposed Amendment to the Constitution is approved by at least 2/3 of each House of Congress and is presented to the states for ratification, a minimum of 3/4 of the states must ratify it for it to become part of the Constitution. When the U. S. Archivist reports that he/she has received the minimum number of ratifications required for acceptance of the proposal, it is immediately part of the Constitution with no further action required by Congress, the President or the Supreme Court. Of course a lawsuit may be filed if there is evidence that the ratification was not validly completed as required by the Constitution. The 27th Amendment to the Constitution was accepted by Congress and presented to the states for ratification in September 1789. It was not reported to have been ratified until more than 3/4 of the 50 states had ratified it, the 38th state doing so in May 1992. Since the Union consisted of eleven states at the time Congress approved the proposal, this suggests that the minimum number of states required for ratification continues to increase as the total number of states increases, becoming at least 3/4 of the new total with each new statehood grant.


Why is helium use to protect the constitution?

Humidified helium replaced oxygen to prevent further erosion


What violence against Republicans in the south caused the federal government to do what?

The South found their entire way of life change, including politically, with government loaded with Republicans, freedman, and carpetbaggers. White Southerners would use any means to block blacks and Republicans from further entering politics which included violence. The federal government sent military troops to the major cities in the South in an attempt to stem the violence.

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Why did President Johnson lose control of Reconstruction?

Radical Republicans expanded their Congressional majority in the elections of 1866.


State reaction to the alien and sedition acts caused further tension between political parties?

Federalists supported the acts. Democratic Republicans opposed them.


Why were two houses of Congress created at the Constitutional Convention in 1787?

The three branches of the government, including the two house congress, is laid out in the constitution. The powers of the congress are further detailed in the amendments to the same document.


How can the relationship between the republican congress and president Andrew Johnson during the reconstruction be described?

In a word, antagonistic. Johnson got almost no support from Congress. Indeed, he was impeached by the House, and just one Senator less than 2/3 of the Senators voted to remove him from office. Johnson was from Tennessee and was viewed as a Confederate sympathizer, which to some extent he was. Unlike much of Congress, he did not want to punish the South further for their revolt.


How are the terms corruption and scalawag connected?

The term "corruption" generally refers to unethical or illegal behavior, while "scalawag" historically referred to white southern Republicans who supported Reconstruction efforts after the Civil War. In the context of Reconstruction, some scalawags were accused of engaging in corrupt practices to further their political goals, leading to a connection between the terms in relation to political misconduct.


How did Andrew Jackson feel about congress?

Unlike previous presidents, he did not think of himself as a servant of Congress, but rather as a servant of the people, charged to maintain and further their best interests. He was not ignorant of the powers of Congress as set up in the Constitution and he made serious and often effective efforts to maintain good relations with Congressmen.


Why did newly elected Republicans refuse to compromise further on the slavery issue?

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When can the Constitution not be amended?

The Constitution cannot be amended if sufficient agreement is not reached. There are two methods of amendment, both requiring defined levels of agreement between the states and the Congress. If agreement is reached, the amendment is adopted. Amendments can also be repealed by the enactment of a further amendment.


The legislative system is given powers granted by what constitution?

Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution outlines the powers granted to each house of Congress. Powers are further presented in various Constitutional amendments.


How did politics effect the failure of reconstruction?

Politics during Reconstruction were deeply divided along racial lines, with Southern Democrats resisting efforts to grant rights and protections to newly freed slaves. This resistance ultimately weakened federal efforts to ensure equality and led to a rollback of many gains made during Reconstruction. Additionally, the assassination of key political figures such as Abraham Lincoln and the rise of white supremacist groups further hindered progress.


How did violence in Congress further divide the nation?

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All legislative power granted in the US Constitution may legally be used only by?

The power to create laws, that is legislate is the sole power of Congress as enumerated by the United States Constitution. Congress has further enumerated powers to check and balance the executive and judicial branches of government.