Was Lincoln’s 10 Percent Plan a radical proposal?

Most commentators consider Lincoln’s “10 Percent Plan” for bringing the rebellious states back into the Union to be mild and conciliatory.  But in an essay for the ongoing Civil War series at The New York Times, Richard Striner argues that the plan’s true implications were quite radical indeed, because it restricted the franchise to Southerners willing to support Lincoln’s emancipation policy.

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