Reconstruction Discussion - Lincoln had one plan for bringing the rebel states back into the Union Andrew Johnson another and the Radical Republican

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Lincoln had one plan for bringing the rebel states back into the Union; Andrew Johnson another; and the Radical Republican Congress a third. Discuss the aims of each president, and explain why and in what ways Congress took control of Reconstruction. Lincoln leaned more toward the south, and made his reconstruction plan more forgiving. His plan was called the Ten-Percent plan. When 10% of the state’s voters pledged to be loyal, the state would be allowed to return to the Union. The republicans felt like Lincoln was being too lenient because they felt that the south should be punished. When President Lincoln was assassinated, Andrew Jackson became president. Jackson was from the south, and his plan was to let the rich people take over. He allowed the wealthy people and confederate leaders from the south come to him directly for forgiveness. In return, he forgave almost 13 thousand confederates and let them back into the union. Congress was controlled by the republicans and they had the power to reconstruct the south. They took over by making Acts that they knew Jackson would veto so they could overturn the vetoes since they had the majority vote. Congress wanted a stricter reconstruction and they forced the south to follow their orders. References: Keene, Jennifer D., Saul Cornell, Edward O'Donnell. Visions of America: A History of the United States, 2nd Edition . Pearson Learning Solutions, 12/2011. VitalBook file.

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