Condensed Version of The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History by Thomas E. Woods, Jr. Regnery Publishing, Inc. 270 p.
Compiled and Edited by
Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume
Chapter 7: Reconstruction
The Constitution made no provision for federal policy toward the Southern states when the war was over.
Lincoln, Johnson, and presidential Reconstruction
Lincoln’s Reconstruction plan granted amnesty to those who took a loyalty oath but high Confederate officials would need presidential pardons. Then, once 10% of a state’s voters took the loyalty oath, the state could send representatives to Congress. Following Lincoln’s assassination, Andrew Johnson followed a similar approach.
Enter the Radical Republicans
Radical Republicans favored a stricter policy including a dramatic expansion of the power of the federal government. Unlike Lincoln, they considered the Southern states as having been out of the union and used this as justification for disregarding the rule of law. For example:
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