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Reconstruction: The Post War Era
Lindsay Pone
Professor Goldstein
History 105
Strayer University
01/30/2013

Reconstruction: The Post Civil War Era
Friday April 12, 1861, America embarked into war with its biggest adversary; America! The American Civil War broke out, and what was believed to be a quick battle by the North, turned out to be a long bloody four years and left the country devastated. President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, successfully lead this country through its greatest constitutional, military and moral crisis. Everything he did was in the best interest in preserving this nation to what it is today. If President Lincoln task of preserving the union would have failed, our nation would be a split nation today. All the events of the Civil War are what truly shaped the face of America today. The President knew that if he wanted to preserve this nation as a whole, not only would he have to win the war, but he would have to have a plan in place to immediately fix the nation to help it move forward from war. During his time in the white house and towards the end of the war, when it was evident the North would prevail, he worked on a reconstruction plan to get the South up and moving. During the war, the northern armies had gone through the South destroying everything that would help the south to prevail in the war. The agricultural belt that was the strength of the was nothing more than ashes as the North marched his armies from Atlanta to the Sea, famously known as Sherman’s March, in which they destroyed everything from crops to railroads. After four long years of war, on April 10, 1865 General Lee surrendered, and the Civil War came to an end. Lincoln was preparing to move the nation forward in Reconstruction. The President, however, never saw his plans for Reconstruction in America because on April 14, 1865, he was assassinated, leaving Andrew Johnson to take over as...