POD: Since late 1863, President Abraham Lincoln had already made plans for the Reconstruction and getting the South back into the Union. With the South in disarray and tensions growing against the North, Lincoln knew how to handle the situation. However, before the war even ended, in 1865 he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, a loyal Southerner. With the South in cheers for his death, they fail to realize that he was their only hope for a better Reconstruction. If he had lived, he would had been so much lenient toward the South, unlike the Radicals, and the states would have complied almost immediately.