Radical Members of the First Legislature After the War, South Carolina Digital History ID 2388|
Credit: Library of Congress
Media type: engraving
Museum Number: LC-USZ62-28044
Annotation: An African American Majority in the South Carolina Legislature.
Because blacks in South Carolina vastly outnumbered whites, the newly-enfranchised voters were able to send so many African American representatives to the state assembly that they outnumbered the whites. Many were able legislators who worked to rewrite the state constitution and pass laws ensuring aid to public education, universal male franchise, and civil rights for all.
-taken from the Library of Congress
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