Overview of Johnson's Plan
People from the southern states would be forgiven if the would take a loyalty oat. All southern states must abolish slavery if they wanted to enter the union. Most of the confederate states agreed with this and took the oat.
Life as a free slave
In ways it was better but for the most part it was not. Free slaves were given some rights but they also still had to work. They were treated very bad and worked in harsh conditions. Life as a "free" slave was not as good as it seemed, after the civil war.