Henry Vs Reconstruction

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The American Civil War was fought during the time period of 1861 to 1865 over the main dispute of slavery which lead to eleven slave states in the South seceding from the Union and forming the Confederate States of America. In order for the South to be known as a nation, they needed to gain recognition from England. The Union disassembled the possibility of the South becoming their own nation by winning the war against the Confederates.Only five days after the war, President Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. Suddenly, the bitterness towards the South from the North increased. Soon after, Andrew Johnson, who was a former slaveholder and Lincoln’s vice president who held similar ideals to Lincoln yet hated wealthy southerners became president. The Angry Radical Republicans disliked Johnson’s ideas a lot more than Lincoln’s ideas and felt that both presidents failed to confront the needs of ex-slaves. Although Johnson’s plan was rational, President Lincoln and the Radical …show more content…

Lincoln wanted Amnesty/Forgiveness so he created the Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction. This meant that they would forgive the Confederates for any crimes if they pledged to the Union and followed the laws. Although, the high ranked Confederate officials would get delayed in the process. Similar to Lincoln. Johnson felt that they should forgive. While Johnson’s opinion changed towards pardons which meant that none would give out to higher rank officials. Opposing to Lincoln and Johnson’s plans, the Radical Republicans wanted no pardons given to any Confederates. Both presidents’ plans angered them and they thought that any political power given to any previous must be broken. It’s true that Lincoln and Johnson were similar yet, Johnson’s belief on pardons supported the states’

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