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In history, the term Reconstruction Era has two main implications: first covers the complete history of the country from 1865-1877 following the Civil War; the second implication focuses on the transformation of the Southern United States from 1863-1877, as directed by Washington, with the reconstruction of state and society. Between 1863-1869, President Lincoln and vice president Andrew Johnson made a plan that was designed to bring the South back to normal as soon as possible. On the other hand though, the Radical Republicans used Congress to block the moderate approach, apply harsh terms, and upgrade the rights of freedmen. Primary Goal: Reunification During the Reconstruction Era, the main goal was to bring the former Confederate states into the back into the Union and to ensure the equal citizenship and rights of former slaves. President Lincoln wanted to speed up Reconstruction and reunite the nation quickly and painlessly. In late 1863, he began Reconstruction with his Ten percent plan. The plan decreed that a state could be allowed back into the Union if 10% of the vote count from that state had taken an oath of allegiance to the United States and to pledge to obey the emancipation. Voters could then elect delegates to draft revised state constitutions and create new state governments. Lincoln guaranteed southerners protection of their property but not their slaves. The plan went into operation in some states but was rejected by Radical Republicans. Ex-Confederates I wouldn’t have done anything to the confederates because it would’ve caused tension between them and the North. If we wanted to punish the confederates for the amount of deaths that happened during the Civil War, that would’ve been unfair because the Union h... ... middle of paper ... ... Union Troops For military reconstruction, the way the Union troops could play in policing, governing and rebuilding the South is by being in direct control of the southern states. Union troops would protect an African Americans right to vote especially. Troops would also have to watch over and make sure there was little or no combat. When elections would take place, troops could be used as a Martial Law to control outbreaks/fights. Bibliography • Maybee, Bryan. "The Difficulties of African-Americans During the Reconstruction Era." Yahoo Contributor Network. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2013. • "Freedmen's Bureau." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 12 Nov. 2013. Web. 11 Dec. 2013. • "Reconstruction Era." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 12 Nov. 2013. Web. 12 Dec. 2013. • "Reconstruction Amendments." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 11 Aug. 2013. Web. 11 Dec. 2013.
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