In the beginning, each side in the War Between the States believed the war
would be brief and that their side would win. What advantages did each
side hold that made them feel this way?
Contrary to what is taught in classrooms around the country, slavery was
not the cause of the war. So what was? What issues divided the nation so dramatically?
Assignment 2: Reconstruction
Lincoln had one plan for bringing the rebel states back into the Union; Andrew Johnson another;
and the Radical Republican Congress a third. What conditions did they propose be met
for states to be readmitted to the Union? Discuss the aims of each president,
and explain why and in what ways Congress took control of Reconstruction.