Andrew Johnson Reconstruction Plan

Johnson Reconstruction Plan

The looming showdown between Lincoln and the Congress over competing reconstruction plans never occurred. The president was assassinated on April 14, 1865. His successor, Andrew Johnson of Tennessee, lacked his predecessorís skills in handling people; those skills would be badly missed. Johnsonís plan envisioned the following:

  • Pardons would be granted to those taking a loyalty oath
  • No pardons would be available to high Confederate officials and persons owning property valued in excess of $20,000
  • A state needed to abolish slavery before being readmitted
  • A state was required to repeal its secession ordinance before being readmitted.
Most of the seceded states began compliance with the presidentís program. Congress was not in session, so there was no immediate objection from that quarter. However, Congress reconvened in December and refused to seat the Southern representatives.

Reconstruction had produced another deadlock between the president and Congress.

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By Charles Sumner
This is one of the last great battles with slavery. Driven from the legislative chambers, driven from the field of war, this monstrous power has found a refuge in the executive mansion, where, in utter disregard of the Constitution and laws, it seeks to exercise its ancient, far-reaching sway. All this is very plain. Nobody can question it. Andrew Johnson is the impersonation of the tyrannical slave power. In him it lives again.
During the debate on impeachment.

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