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Lincoln's Plan: The 10% Plan
My 10% Plan is made to help the North and South reconstruct into one nation
After the Civil War, plantation owners didn't like that the slaves had freedom, so many of them continued to keep the slaves for free labor. If they didn't do what they were told, they were beaten or killed. During this time, many people became more violent towards the African-Americans.
Yay! Civil rights for free slaves!
You southerners should be punished for starting the war!
The Freedman's Bureau was made after the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves. It was made to help slaves integrate themselves back into society, it helped them gain education, land, jobs, and fair treatment.
The Wade-Davis Bill
If you want to be readmitted, 50% of you have to pledge loyalty.
Lincoln's 10% Plan said that if 10% of the voters in a southern state pledged loyalty to the Union, then they would be readmitted into the Union. This plan showed one way of Lincoln's "forgive and forget" mentality during the Reconstruction Era.
President Lincoln's Assassination
The South is avenged!
The Radical Republicans strongly believed that the South was at fault for the Civil War. Their plan for Reconstruction was to economically change the South by giving slaves more civil rights as well as derstoying the planter class to industrialize the South to become more Northern run.
The Wade-Davis Bill was passed by the Radical Republicans in response to Lincoln's 10% Plan. The Wade-Davis Bill was essentially the same as Lincoln's plan, but the difference was that instead of 10% of voters, 50% of the voters in a southern state would have to pledge loyalty to the Union.
President Lincoln was in Fords Theater when he was shot in the head from behind by John Wilkes Booth. Booth was sympathetic with the South's cause. By killing Lincoln, his successor, Andrew Johnson, was more sympathetic towards the South than Lincoln and the rest of the Union.