Post-Civil War America and Policies

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After the Civil War, which culminated in 1865, the government of United States needed to reunify southern and northern states back together, and the only solution for that were reforms in South. The new political developments began In 1863 when president Abraham Lincoln suggested Ten-Percent Plan which indicated that a southern state could be readmitted to the Union as soon as ten percent of its voters asseverated the oath of allegiance to the Union. Lincoln ensured southerners that government will protect their private property, but not their slaves. After Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865, the new President of United States continued following his Ten-Percent Plan. Also Lincoln proposed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, promulgated that "all persons held as slaves within any State, or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against United States, shall be then, thenceforward and forever free." Nevertheless, Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the states. Lincoln hoped to inspire all the slaves in the Confederacy with the Proclamation. Especially to support the Union Cause and keep European countries, in particular England and France, from politically giving the confession and military aid to Confederacy. Out of all the Era's in the in United States, Reconstruction was the one which consisted of many values, leaders, and objectives. In 1864, two Radical Republicans, Senator of Ohio Benjamin Wade and
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