Lincoln and the Republicans

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The Civil War was a war that was fought over the civil and humane treatment of every person, regardless of their outward appearances. It left a scathing scar on the nation After the atrocities that were suffered in the Civil war, the nation need a way to heal it’s wounds and unite again. Lincoln had a battle of his own to fight within the congress for the Reconstruction of the nation, While Lincoln believed that the south had suffered enough and had a long road to recovery, the radical republicans wanted to punish the south. They believed that the act of secession by the southern states was treason and the penalties should be strict. Lincoln’s plan was amiable and compassionate. He wanted to unite the states swiftly with little…show more content…
Lastly, according to Johnson, any finances that had been borrowed for the cause of fighting could not be repaid. Both of the positions on Reconstruction are not without merit. Each one wanted a pledge of unity from the Confederacy to ensure that secession would not happen. The country would not survive another separation. The republican also had a respectable view in that the country was formed as the United States of America. Yet, the south seceded when they felt threatened. Their proposals were harsh with good reasoning to back it as if the majority of a state agrees then there is less chance of the state seceding or not keeping the oaths that were made. Lincoln just wanted the country to get the country going again quickly because it had practically ground to a halt because of the war. Little did Lincoln know that the battle for the freedmen would continue for generations.

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