Asked in US Civil WarUS PresidentsAbraham Lincoln
What did Lincoln mean With malice toward none with charity for all?
January 20, 2017 8:39AM
After the Civil War, some victorious Northerners pushed for
retributive policies against the South. Lincoln's template of
healing the national rift ("Reconstruction") emphasized not
punishing slaveholders and other civilians.
US President Abraham Lincoln intended to mean that he and his administration would help the South to recover from the disastrous conditions, human and material, in which the war had reduced the same, without any feeling of revenge neither against those who had fought nor against their families.