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Reconstruction of the Union after the Civil War was a very difficult task to do It seemed everyone had their own opinion on how to accept the southern states back into the union The first man who attempted this and also was the president who led the Union to victory was Abraham Lincoln Lincolns plan was the 10 plan which asked for only 10 of voters in the 1860 election to take an oath of allegiance to the Union and accept emancipation After they took the oath of allegiance they were then allowed to organize a state government Their new state constitution had to be republican form abolish slavery and provide for black education There were no actions taken against anyone not even the rich Lincoln was very lenient towards the previous confederate states and the Radical Republicans did not like this They believed that Congress should set the terms for which states would regain their rights in the Union A senator by the name of Benjamin Wade of Ohio and Representative Henry Winter Davis of Maryland formulated a much stricter plan of reconstruction Their plan proposed that Confederate states would be ruled temporarily by a military governor to make sure blacks do receive their rights and they increased Lincolns 10 of white male voters to 50 white male voters to take an oath of allegiance before drafting a new state constitution Plus they restricted political power to the hard-core Unionists in each state Lincoln vetoed the Wade-Davis Bill but agreed to place the South temporarily under military ruleunfortunately Lincoln was shot by Booth a few days later so Lincoln wasnt able to finish his task of reconstruction With the assassination of President Lincoln his successor was of course his Vice President Andrew Johnson On May 29 1865 Johnson signed his Reconstruction plan in two proclamations The first called the Amnesty Proclamation restored all rights to those Southerners who took an oath of allegiance to
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