Reconstruction Of The Civil War

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The Civil War can be described as one of the bloodiest and gruesome war ever fought on American soil. The Civil War was fought between the Union and the Confederates. The Civil War lasted for 5 years and during that 5 year period many people ended up dying, 620,000 people to be exact and millions injured, but while the numbers can be appalling; it isn 't even the beginning. The war led a schism to happen in the U.S, the whole country was divided and devastated. Abraham Lincoln the president who helped lead the Union against the Confederates, knew that the only way to make the U.S functional and great again was to join both sides back together during this time period after the civil war, which would later come to be known as reconstruction. Lincoln 's plan first started in late 1863 when he issued a proclamation of amnesty and Reconstruction, which meant that any state that rebelled against the Union could form an Union government whenever a number equal to 10 percent of those that voted in 1860 pledged allegiance to the constitution and the Union and received a presidential pardon. Some groups were excluded from the pardon:Confederate officials; senior officers of the confederate army. (Chapter 17, Page 712 ). But before he could see the seeds he planted bear fruit he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865. Lincoln 's death elevated his Vice-president Andrew Johnson to the White House. Like Lincoln, Johnson also had plans on how to restore the U.S; his

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