Chapter_15 - Chapter 15 After the Confederate collapsed in...

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Chapter 15 After the Confederate collapsed in 1865, the government did not know if the president or Congress could control the rebuilding of the Union. President Lincoln and Andrew Johnson both took the initiative in rebuilding it. They believed in restoring southern state government’s loyalty to the Union. This was unsatisfactory to the Radical Republicans who wanted Reconstruction of southern society. Lincoln, Johnson, and the Radical Republicans had their own plans for Reconstruction. Lincoln announced his restoration plan in December 1863. He offered an amnesty to all confederate citizens except high ranking officers and some other military leaders and officials. The citizens had to take an oath pledging loyalty to the Union and accept their policies and laws on slavery. After ten percent of the population had taken their oath, they could form a new state government. Under his plan, the Whigs could take charge of the Southern states after taking their own oath. Unfortunately, this only
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