Archive for February, 2011

Despite the Thirteenth Amendment freeing the former black slaves and the promises of Reconstruction, a back-lash from the South, Jim Crowe laws, and continued segregation continue to deprive African-Americans of their civil rights for a hundred more years

• February 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass continues to be one of the leading spokesmen for the rights of African-Americans

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Julia Ward Howe, author of the song Battle Hymn of the Republic, continues to advocate for women’s suffrage

• February 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, one of the Reconstruction Amendments adopted on July 9, 1868, guarantees “all citizens” no whatever what their race due process and equal protection under the law. As such, one of the positive results of the Civil War was the establishment of the basic of all the civil rights laws we have today prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, or disability.

• February 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The 1913 Reunion of Civil War Veterans attracted over 50,000 ex-Union and Confederate soldiers

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Confederate General Robert E. Lee became President of Washington College in Virginia, urging reconciliation between the north and the south

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Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln, traveled in Europe before returning to the U.S. where she was briefly committed to a mental institution. She died in Springfield, Illinois.

• February 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment