The Civil War ended on April 9, 1865, and the original goal of the North to preserve the Union was accomplished. The task that lay before Lincoln and Congress now was reintegrating the rebellious Southern states into the Union. For many white southerners “Reconstruction was a vicious and destructive experience – a period when vindictive Northerners inflicted humiliation and revenge on a pro-state South.”
In order to prepare for this discussion, you must first complete the following readings.
. Review and identify the relevant sections of Chapter 17.
After you have completed your readings, please post your responses to only ONE of the following questions:
1. President Lincoln was assassinated on April 14th, 1865. But what if Lincoln had led the nation through Reconstruction? Would the events and outcomes of Reconstruction have been different?
2. Review the 4 Reconstruction Plans: Lincoln’s Ten Percent Plan, the Wade-Davis Bill, Johnson’s plan for Reconstruction also referred to as “Restoration”, and Congressional Reconstruction, comparing and contrasting them. In your opinion, which plan would have produced the best results, or where all of the plans doomed to produce the same end?