Plans For The Congress

President Lincoln  Motivated by a desire to build a strong Republican party in the South and to end the bitterness engendered by war, he issued (Dec. 8, 1863) a proclamation of amnesty and reconstruction for those areas of the Confederacy occupied by Union armies.President Johnson First pleased the radicals by publicly attacking the planter aristocracy and insisting that the rebillions must be punished.They consulted the congress regarding reconstruction.