How did Congress react to the Black Codes of the 1860s? Congress passed new laws that restricted the rights of African Americans. Congress asked President Johnson to take control of Reconstruction. Congress took control of Reconstruction from President Johnson. Congress supported President Lincoln’s plan for states’ readmittance.

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Andrew Johnson was president at this point in the Reconstruction, and he allowed things like this to go on because he was a southerner himself, but once congress came back from recess, they impeached him. Congress then passed the 14th and 15th amendments, the Reconstruction act and the enforcement acts (made black terrorist groups unconstitiutional).So i guess you could say that congress basically impeached Johnson and passed all these acts and amendments as a response to the Black codes.

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