Discuss with your students how the Reconstruction might have been different in Abraham Lincoln had not been assassinated. Consider if Lincoln would have allied himself with more moderate Republicans to support the program. Do you think there would have been as many policy changes had Lincoln been alive? Would his struggles have been similar to President Johnson's?
Ask your students to rate Lincoln's early attempts at Reconstruction. Was it too moderate? To liberal? Do you think the country's patriotic feelings after winning the Civil War clouded people's judgments of Lincoln during this time?
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