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 Posted: Thu Sep 11th, 2008 10:44 pm
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  I believe that if Mr. Lincoln had lived, he would have been willing to, using his term: "Let em up easy." The Radical Republicans, wanting to punish the southerners, would have had a much more difficult time overriding a wildly popular President Lincoln than they did with an unpopular democrat from a southern state.

  We cannot know how Reconstruction would have worked out with Mr. Lincoln in his second term. Nor can we know if it would have made his legacy stronger or weaker than the one he was destined to have as a martyr.  But, clearly, the history of the years after the war would have been different.

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