Lincoln and Johnson's Plans

An Up Close and Personal Look at Each Plan

Lincoln's Two Cents plus Ten Percent

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of The United State of America, had been devising a plan to reconstruct the parts of the South that had been destroyed during the war. Lincoln decreed that a state could be reintegrated into the Union when 10% of the 1860 vote count from the state in question had taken an oath of allegiance to the U.S. and pledged to abide by emancipation. Voters could then elect delegates to draft revised state constitutions and establish new state governments. All southerners except for high-ranking Confederate army officers and government officials would be granted a full pardon. Lincoln guaranteed southerners that he would protect their private property, though not their slaves. He couldnt have allowed for them to keep the slaves anyhow, considering he made the Emancipaton Proclamation. However, due to his assassination at the hands of famous American stage actor John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln was unable to see The Ten Percent Plan take any amount of major effect.

Johnson's Small Plans and Congress's Own

Johnson, after Lincoln's death, quickly began to try and restablish order within the Government, and for the rest of the country. He soon began following plans for reconstruction of the South that were similar to Lincoln's own. Congress however had other plans, and almost succeeded in convicting him under charges falling under impeachment. After his one and only term as President, he returned to Tennessee and sought political vindication, being elected back into the Senate, the only President to do so, only months before his death.

Comparison Between Abe and Andy

Abraham was a better president, but Johnson was just as dedicated to his country if not more. Both were relatively poor in the beginning of their lives. Lincoln was probably more loved by the people as can be seen through history because of the amount of outrage from his assassination, but it can be assumed that Johnson had plenty of supporters, due to the fact that he was a man who would give life and limb for his country, as can be seen by his military service in the Union Army as a Brigadier General during the Civil War