Radical Republicans During The Civil War

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The Radical Republicans were a group of politicians within the Republican Party of the United States from around 1854 until the end of Reconstruction in 1877. These "Radicals" were opposed during the Civil War by the Conservative Republicans and by the pro-slavery Democratic Party. Preceding the war, the Republican Radicals were opposed by self-styled "conservatives" and "liberals" . Radicals were firmly against slavery throughout the war, and after, distrusted ex-Confederates and demanded harsh policies for the former rebels. They pushed for civil voting rights for the "freedmen"
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