December 8, 1863
---President Abraham Lincoln reveals his new plan for admitting formerly Rebel states back into the Union. “The Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction” was unveiled, which details the President’s plan. Perhaps the most controversial feature is the “10% Plan,” whereby Lincoln promises Federal recognition for any state government that is formed by at least 10% of the voters. Only former members of the Confederate government—not former soldiers—would be prosecuted under Federal law. All others would receive pardons. All of this is conditional upon the newly-reconstructed state abolishing slavery---and upon the cooperation of Congress.