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What were Radical Republicans?

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12/15/2013

Much of Lincoln's plan for Reconstruction came from a group of Congressmen from his own party. The group, known as the Radical Republicans, believed that the Civil War had been fought over the moral issue of slavery. The Radicals insisted that the main goal of Reconstruction should be a total restructuring of society to guarantee black people true equality.