Johnson's Plan for Reconstruction

By: Kylee Coccaro

Overview

It stated that each state had to withdraw its secession, and swear their allegiance to the Union. Also, it ratified the thirteenth amendment which abolished slavery, and there were no pardons to high ranking confederates or owning property over $20,000.

Written Response

Was life truly better for the freed slaves after the Civil War?

No, i do not believe that their lives truly had a dramatic change for better. I do believe that if President Johnson did not veto these acts, life would have been better for the slaves. Thankfully, his veto was overturned regarding the Civil Rights Act of 1866. The lives of the slaves improved in some ways, but other ways were just as difficult to deal with. In my opinion, Johnson was not a good President, and he could have made it much easier for the slaves.