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Characteristics Of Attempts At Reconstruction : Civil War

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1. Discuss the characteristics of the different attempts at Reconstruction (wartime, Lincoln’s plan, Johnson’s plan, and Radical)

Civil War is also known as the “brothers” war between states. The cause of the war was all about slavery. Thousands of soldiers died during the war, hundreds of thousands wounded, and millions worth of property were destroyed. The country emerged in 1865, and it looked totally different from the country before in 1860. In 1863, President Lincoln began to think about the reconstruction plan. After major victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, his hoped that some Confederate see the handwriting on the wall, and rejoin the Union, if the term were offered. December of 1863, Lincoln issued a Proclamation of Amnesty and reconstruction. The Congress refused to recognize his plan, and put out the Wade-Davis Bill. But Lincoln vetoed with the pocket veto. He continues to treat the South with generosity after Lee’s surrender. But sadly, Lincoln did not live to see his plan worked. On April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated by Wilkes Booth. Lincoln’s assassination was a fatal blow to hopes for more lenient reconstruction effort than what occurred. Vice President Andrew Johnson took over after Lincoln’s death. He intended to carry out Lincoln’s generous plan, but his motivations were quite different. He was prepared to have wealthy Southerners, who betrayed the country by serving the Confederate dance to his tune. Thirsty for revenge, he set his attitudes
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