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Why did Abraham Lincoln believe that he was in charge of Reconstruction?
His plan depended heavily on military occupation, and therefore it was his duty as Commander in Chief to be in charge of Reconstruction.
He considered the Civil War to be a rebellion of individuals, not a secession, and it was his Constitutional right to pardon individuals.
He felt it was a logical extension of his power to create treaties with foreign powers.
He disliked the South deeply and simply wanted to wreak revenge upon Southerners responsible for the Civil War.
He felt the Supreme Court, which was constitutionally in charge, was too disliked and divided to effectively carry out Reconstruction.