AJEHazelPage 1Reconstruction(Part One): Reconstructing a NationKey TermsEmancipation ProclamationTen Percent PlanRadical RepublicansWade-Davis BillFreedmen’s BureauJohn Wilkes BoothAndrew JohnsonEdwin StantonMartial Law/ Military Reconstruction ActTenure of Office ActImpeachmentAfter the WarAfter the Civil War, the United States of America was faced with quite a few major problems. Besides the displacement of the large population of slaves in the South, the Union had to deal with transfer of presidential power after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, and former Confederate States had to be reintroduced into the union. Finding the method to do so was something that caused serious conflict amongst “Radical Republicans” within the senate and the President of the United States.The End of Lincoln’s PresidencyTo most scholars, the Civil War ended with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared slavery, in the Confederate South, and in all of the United States, illegal. This would later be ratified with the addition of the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments to the Constitution. With United States of America certain of their
AJEHazelPage 2victory over the South, all that remained was to assimilate the seceded states back into the Union. This, however, proved to be much more difficult than it sounded.