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Who Were The Radical Republicans?

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The Radical Republicans were that part of the Congress who gainsaid with the Reconstruction Plan of President Lincoln in the aftermath of the American Civil War. However after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, his Vice President Andrew Johnson took over as the next president of the United States. His viewpoints and strategies were more in sync with the Radical Republicans, according to whom the South should be punished severely for being responsible for all the catastrophes that took place during the American Civil War.

Nevertheless despite of this 'greater compatibility' that President Johnson shared with the Radical Republicans, they still disagreed with him, stating that Johnson's policies still did not contribute much towards punishing the South enough. The icing on the cake took place when some of the Confederate leaders were elected to some major positions in the Congress, which became a source of further anger for the Radical Republicans.

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