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"Radical members of the first legislature after the war, South Carolina"

Newly enfranchised African Americans in South Carolina, who heavily outnumbered whites, were able to elect a black majority to the state house of representatives for every session but one during the Reconstruction era. Although whites who opposed Reconstruction policies often pointed to South Carolina as an example of corruption, the new state assembly passed laws ensuring funding for public education, securing the franchise for all men, and protecting civil rights.

Radical Members of the First Legislature After the War, South Carolina. Shorey, Photographer, 105 W. Balto. St. Baltimore, Md.
Source | "Radical members of the first legislature after the war, South Carolina," photographic montage, c. 1876, from Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/h?pp/PPALL:@field(NUMBER+@1(cph+3a28827)).
Creator | Shorey
Item Type | Photograph
Cite This document | Shorey, “"Radical members of the first legislature after the war, South Carolina",” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed May 20, 2019, https://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1068.

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