Black Abolitionists: The First Legislature After the War Radical Members

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By Lestey Gist, The Gist of Freedom

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.

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