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Editorial, "The Next Step," New York Times, April 7, 1865

Confederate Capitol, Richmond, Virginia, 1865, zoomable image
In this editorial, the New York Times points out that the Confederacy is at an end and no longer has the power to cow its citizens into loyalty to their cause. Accordingly, President Lincoln should should takes steps as soon as possible steps that will make clear to the mass of the Southern population that they will be welcomed back into the Union and that commerce will be encouraged to normality. Stating that "it is unwise to wage war on women and children," the piece urges that "rigid regulations" should be relaxed immediately so that the process of rebuilding can begin. (By John Osborne)


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