Reconstruction Of The Civil War

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Prior to the Civil War, the United States’ economy was essentially agricultural based; slavery in the South was the key player in its prosperous economy. Hence, it is no wonder the South stood in defense of slavery’s permanence when challenged with the demand for abolition. The Southern proslavery Confederate states fought against the Northern antislavery Union states during the Civil War. The Union prevailed in the war and once the Confederates seceded and left the United States with a new predicament: The Reconstruction Era. In which, the Union needed to find a way to readmit the Confederates back into the nation in accord to Union principles. Essentially, although the ex-Confederates rejoined the Union, the reconstruction of the South was unsuccessful. Presidential, Congressional, and Radical reconstruction individually served to the collaborative failure of readmitting the South based on Northern ideals. Furthermore, Presidential Reconstruction was futile in the reformation of the South. During this phase of reconstruction, Abraham Lincoln proposed his Ten Percent Plan in which he strategized to readmit the South into the Union by having at least ten percent of the Confederate states vote back into the Union in exchange for amnesty so long as they accepted the thirteenth amendment which abolished slavery. However, the South rejected Lincoln’s plan and consequently congress came up with the Wade-Davis Bill, which proposed that, in order to be reinstated, the male

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