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Jan. 8, 1867 Congress Extends Vote to Black Men in District of Columbia Reconstruction150

Discussion in 'Post Civil War History, The Reconstruction Period' started by Pat Young, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. Pat Young

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    150 years ago today, Congress overrode a veto by Andrew Johnson to pass a law extending the right to vote to black men over the age of 21. This was the first Federal law granting blacks the right to vote. It came following the victories by Republican radicals and liberals in the 1866 Congressional elections and presaged Congressional Reconstruction.
     
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    Johnson had vetoed the bill on Jan. 5, 1867, but the Senate overrode by a vote of 29-10. In the House the vote was 112-38.
     
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    When black suffrage had been voted on in DC in December 1865 the vote in Georgetown was one vote in favor and 812 opposed. In Washington it was 35 in favor and 6,521 opposed.
     
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    A new congress voted in?
     
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    The vote in Congress in January 1867 came after the victories by the Radical and liberal Republicans in Nov. 1866. When Congress reassembled in December 1866 the radicals were greatly empowered. They did not mind passing legislation that threw aside the vote by the all-white electorate a year earlier.
     

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