The End Of The Civil War Essay

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Ausbrooks 1
Nick Ausbrooks
English 11
Mr. Lara/Mr. Doyle
Dec 7 2016

Fords Theatre The end of the civil war was drawing near, and Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America was looking forward to the reconstruction of his country. He went out for a play at Fords Theatre. While enjoying the play he was shot in the back by an assassin . This assination changed the future of America, and affects us today.

At the end of the Civil War there were very different plans for reconstructing the nation were offered. Had Lincoln lived history would have different. The assassination of Lincoln, however, left Andrew Johnson, a Southerner and former slave owner with no college education.

After the Civil War congress was controlled by a group called the "Radical Republicans." Lincoln was able to control them and had proposed a plan for reconstruction that looked to treating the South more like a lost brother returning home. Lincoln looked to reconstruction as a time of healing. The Radical Republicans, however, looked at reconstruction as an opportunity to teach the South a lesson and to punish them. In 1866 Congress passed the Wade Davis Bill which called for rather draconian Reconstruction measures. Lincoln vetoed the bill but the debate
Ausbrooks 2 raged. Lincoln would have been able to maintain control the Radical Republicans, at least that is what is thought to be true. Lincoln 's death, however, left a blank space in…

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