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1866-1885: We rebuild the Union and amend the Constitution

February 25, 1870
Black citizens join “We, the People”

Hiram Revels

Under the watchful eye of federal troops, the freed slaves have begun to vote. They’re sending black men to state capitals and Congress, changing the complexion of our government.

It was a proud day today. A Mississippi lawmaker, Hiram Revels, chaplain to a black Union regiment, was sworn in as the first black U.S. Senator.

The Constitution works.

Read about it in the New York times

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