Reconstruction through Industrialization in the United States: 1865-1900

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Reconstruction through Industrialization in the United States: 1865-1900 The Reconstruction Period Had Abraham Lincoln lived, the Reconstruction period no doubt would have been far different. The first way that Reconstruction would have been different would have been as a result of Lincoln's famous sense of empathy. He no doubt would have exhibited a greater sense of empathy to the Southern states and would have sympathized more greatly with their rebuilding process, in all likelihood, attempting to make it easier for them (Lamb & Swain, 2008). As some have argued, the death of Lincoln only bolstered the sense of hatred and vengeance from those in the North onto the Southern states; had Lincoln lived, Radical Republicans of Congress would have not been able to push such inflammatory bills such as the Wade-Davis bill which just sought to punish southerners (Jensia, 2008). Such radicals would have had to follow a more diplomatic plan established by Lincoln. Many southerners believed in Lincoln's sense of justice and temperance, and they believed that if there was a leader who could bridge the sense of animosity and hostility between north and south, it was no doubt him (Jensia, 2008). Lincoln's death meant that Reconstruction for the south was a far more involved, debilitating process, characterized heavily by a sense of Northerners attempting to discipline the South. Industrialization and Urbanization on the Average American Industrialization and urbanization were

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