Abraham Lincoln and the Problem of Reconstruction

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From the start of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln considered the problem of recon-struction, and for four years he took actions that he hoped would hasten the end of the rebellion: he supported the statehood of West Virginia and its admission to the Union, he appointed military governors, he issued a Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction, and, in his last speech, delivered on April 11, 1865, he offered a vision for the future, one that included Black men as voting citizens. Lincoln’s ideas about reconstruction may have led to a rupture with Congress over the Wade-Davis bill, but they provided a blueprint for his vision of a just and generous peace that leaves us wondering what might have happened had he lived.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-337
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of the Civil War Era
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2022

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