To What Extent Was Lincoln's 10 Percent Plan For Reconstruction

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Lincoln’s 10 percent plan for Reconstruction was a mild and lenient plan calling for no punishment to the Southern States or Confederate leaders. Lincoln’s plan was announced in December of 1853. This plan guaranteed amnesty to white Southerners except the high ranking leaders of the Confederacy. If 10 percent of the voters in the 1860 presidential election and the ex leaders of the Confederacy swore oath to the Union, that state would be allowed to form a Constitution. Almost all Radical Republicans in Congress were angered by Lincoln’s plan due to the lack of a severe punishment to the South. They all believed that in Lincoln’s plan they were just walking away with a slap on the wrist. Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee all agreed to
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