Many people have argued that, all things considered, the former Confederate States got off incredibly light.
What do you think it would take to have the North REALLY stick it to the South? I'm talking execution of Confederate leaders, draconian military occupation lasting into the 20th century, a 'police state' mentality, imprisonment and execution of civilians, massive confiscations of property, a MUCH more federalized government, anything else you care to name.
I should say that my ultimate goal here is to arrive at a (sort of) United States that, in the 1920s, is ripe for a communist revolution. Do you think a harsher Reconstruction could eventually sow the seeds for this?