Good, now sign these terms or you will not be re-admitted
Hurting them would only hurt our country more, I just want the country to be re unified as soon as possible
10% seems too little, how about 50%? I feel that the south is not getting enough punishment for what they have done. They destroyed this country and they will pay
In the Appomattox Court house, Grant let Lee's soldiers off the hook pretty easy. He sent them home and would give them the rest of their punishment when a plan for reconstruction was established.
The Face Off
Lincoln's idea for reconstruction was the 10% plan. This said that ten percent of the southerners had to pledge their loyalty to the union. This appealed to moderate republicans who wanted to get the war over with as soon as possible as well.
How long can I drag this out so I don't get on the bad side of the south. I have an election coming up, so vetoing the Wade-Davis Bill would not be smart. Oh well, I'll just wait until the end of the legislative period.
Radical Republicans passed the Wade-Davis Bill to counteract Lincoln's 10% plan. These Radical Republicans were looking to give African Americans land, jobs, and to be integrated into society with more order. They also thought that 50% of the population should have to pledge their loyalty.
Lincoln will not know what hit him
The one thing Lincoln was focused on was ending this war as soon as possible. The best way to do that was without any harsh punishments on the south. The Radicals on the other hand wanted to cause the south pain and raise the blacks in society to hurt the southerners more. In doing this, they could drag out the whole issue by waiting for fifty percent to vote.
You see, if we have 50% of them sign the loyalty oath, then it will drag this war out even more
Since an election was coming up, Lincoln did not want to make it seem like he is on the north's side. So he decided to pocket-veto it, and wait until congress went into recess.
John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln while he was at a theatre with his wife. This allowed Democrat Andrew Johnson to take office. He agreed with the Radical Republicans ideas, however he was still shooting their bills down.