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The Radical Republicans were a faction within the Republican Party who
agreed with Lincoln's Reconstruction plans, in opposition to the rest of the party.
pushed for easy Reconstruction plans, feeling that enough was enough.
felt that the South should be punished, but slavery should be allowed to continue, fearing another outbreak of violence otherwise.
believed that the rich slaveholders should be punished, and that the freedmen needed rights and protections.
reached out to form a coalition with Southern Democrats to formulate plans for Reconstruction.