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Pros and Cons of Lincoln's Ten Percent Plan
Transcript of Pros and Cons of Lincoln's Ten Percent Plan
Some Republicans thought Lincoln's plan was to mild, so they created their own and made it harder to enter the union
Lincoln's amnesty did not apply to Confederate leaders
His ten percent plan caused the creation of the radical republicans
"The war is nearly over. Just when it will end, I can't say. But it won't be a great while. Then the Government forces must all be withdrawn from all the Southern states. Sooner or later, we must take them all away. Now, what I want you to do is this: do all you can, in any and every way you can, to get the ballot into the hands of the freedmen. We must make voters of them before we take away the troops. The ballot will be their only protection after the bayonet is gone, and they will be sure to need all they can get."
- Abraham Lincoln
why was his plan not used?
Lincoln's plan wasn't used, because of his assassination. Louisiana, Arkansas, and Tennessee all were starting to use Lincoln's plan, but he was assassinated before it could catch on. On April 14, 1865 Lincoln was shot, by John Wikes Booth, while watching a play in the private box. His injury was so severe that he died the next day.
only takes 10% of people to take oaths
South had to ban slavery before entering union
President offered amnesty making South whites become loyal to the union
Wasn't very hard for the states to rejoin the union
Lincoln wanted to encourage pro-union Southerners to run the state government
"Sic semper tyrannis!" was shouted by John Wikes Booth, meaning "Thus always to tyrant", it was the motto for for Virginia during the civil war. After he shot Lincoln he shouted "The South is avenged!"