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SAT® Subject Test in U.S. History

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Lincoln's Justification

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Why did Abraham Lincoln believe that he was in charge of Reconstruction?

A

His plan depended heavily on military occupation, and therefore it was his duty as Commander in Chief to be in charge of Reconstruction.

B

He considered the Civil War to be a rebellion of individuals, not a secession, and it was his Constitutional right to pardon individuals.

C

He felt it was a logical extension of his power to create treaties with foreign powers.

D

He disliked the South deeply and simply wanted to wreak revenge upon Southerners responsible for the Civil War.

E

He felt the Supreme Court, which was constitutionally in charge, was too disliked and divided to effectively carry out Reconstruction.