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Difference between Lincoln & Johnson.

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  • Lincoln wanted to end the bitterness engendered by war. In December, 1863, he issued proclamation of amnesty and reconstruction for those areas of the Confederacy occupied by Union armies.
  • Hear my proclamation of amnesty! I offer pardon to any Confederate soldier who would swear to support the Constitution and the Union.
  • President Lincoln's plan would simply restore to power the old planter aristocracy.
  • Lincoln's plan aroused the sharp opposition of the radicals in Congress, In July, 1864, they passed the Wade-Davis Bill, which required a state's male voters to take an "ironclad" oath that they had never voluntarily supported the Confederacy.
  • To please the radicals, in May, 1865, Johnson issued an amnesty proclamation that was more severe than Lincoln's! It disenfranchised all former military and civil officers of the Confederacy
  • The rebellion must be punished! We will shift political control in the South from the old planter aristocracy to the small farmers and artisans!!
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