Didn't Lincoln say something about "malice toward none" at that little cornfield called Gettysburg?
Yes we lost. Yes we surrendered. But after surrendering and once again becoming United States citizens, a lot of people were denied their inalienable rights as United States citizens.
It's my personal opinion that Andrew Johnson was the lynchpin in the Reconstruction business. He was in the tough position of being a Southerner himself - he couldn't appear to be soft on the rebels, so he was mighty tough on them.
If Lincoln had lived I think things would have gone differently. But it's easy to Monday-morning quarterback, isn't it?
And don't call me "you people." Thank you.