black political power during reconstruction

Review The readings and resources and consider how blacks attempted to work within the political system during Reconstruction to effect change.
Write a short paper (2–3 pages) that addresses the following questions:

  • How were African American legislators successful in securing civil rights for their constituents?
  • How were they thwarted in those attempts?
  • How do these articles reflect 19th-century America’s views on civil rights?

Reading and Resources

The African-American Odyssey, Vol. 2,
Chapters 12 and 13.
Website: America’s Reconstruction
Explore more details about people and politics of the Reconstruction in this online exhibit.
Website: Reconstruction and Its Aftermath
This website is part of African American Odyssey, an online exhibit of the African American collections of the Library of Congress.

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