Following the Union victory in the American Civil War, there were several plans for reconstruction. President Lincoln's Ten Percent Plan was far different from the one put in place under President Andrew Johnson.
The Ten Percent Plan intended to reunite the country by weakening the Confederate states and reunify the nation through reconstruction rather than harshly punish the Confederate states for the costly war. To establish a new state government in the Union, ten percent of the state's prewar voters needed to take an oath of loyalty.
After completing this step, states could begin the process of electing delegates to draft a new state constitution and start rebuilding. All Confederates were...
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