In history, the term Reconstruction Era has two main implications: first covers the complete history of the country from 1865-1877 following the Civil War; the second implication focuses on the transformation of the Southern United States from 1863-1877, as directed by Washington, with the reconstruction of state and society. Between 1863-1869, President Lincoln and vice president Andrew Johnson made a plan that was designed to bring the South back to normal as soon as possible. On the other hand though, the Radical Republicans used Congress to block the moderate approach, apply harsh terms, and upgrade the rights of freedmen.
Primary Goal: Reunification
During the Reconstruction Era, the main goal was to bring the former Confederate states into the back into the Union and to ensure the equal citizenship and rights of former slaves. President Lincoln wanted to speed up Reconstruction and reunite the nation quickly and painlessly. In late 1863, he began Reconstruction with his Ten percent plan. The plan decreed that a state could be allowed back into the Union if 10% of the vote count from that state had taken an oath of allegiance to the United States and to pledge to obey the emancipation. Voters could then elect delegates to draft revised state constitutions and create new state governments. Lincoln guaranteed southerners protection of their property but not their slaves. The plan went into operation in some states but was rejected by Radical Republicans.
I wouldn’t have done anything to the confederates because it would’ve caused tension between them and the North. If we wanted to punish the confederates for the amount of deaths that happened during the Civil War, that would’ve been unfair because the Union had more deaths than them. The Confederacy would’ve then complained about how it’s unfair to punish them for amount of deaths when the Union had more than hundred thousand. However, if confederates find it necessary to join underground groups whose main goal is to terrorize and harm citizens, then they will be suppressed by Union Soldiers and thrown into prison. There was already enough problems even after the Civil War: freedmen struggling to find a living, the struggle to find jobs, the Ku Klux Klan, etc.
For the freedmen I think they should create more refugees and give African American good enough paying jobs to where they can actually have a moderate life. After the Civil War was...