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Reconstruction: 15th Amendment

We discuss how organizing among African-Americans, continuing violence in the former Confederacy, and a union of principle and politics in the North lead Congress to move toward universal male suffrage, two years after rejecting it. Proponents of a guaranteed right to vote debate those seeking only a ban on racial discrimination, and conflicts erupt with some supporters of female suffrage. Things get messy in Congress. The final result is both momentous and compromised.

Participants: Harry Sandick, Jon Hatch