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15th Amendment celebration in 1870...
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April 1, 1870
THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 1, 1870
* 15th Amendment becomes part of U.S. Constitution
* Right to vote for all races
Page 4 has a small one column heading: "The Freedman's Great Want". Also page has has small one column headings: "Fifteenth Amendment" and "Its Adoption Celebrated at the Colored Church, corner of Bleecker and West Tenth Street".
Other news and various advertisements of the day throughout. Complete in 8 pages, a little spine wear, otherwise nice condition.
wikipedia notes: Virginia, Mississippi, Texas and Georgia, were required to ratify the amendment as a precondition for having congressional representation. Nevada ratified the amendment, but only after being reassured by Senator William Morris Stewart that the amendment would not preclude prohibiting the Chinese and Irish immigrants from voting. California and Oregon both opposed the measure out of fear of Chinese immigrants, New York initially ratified the amendment, but legislators later attempted to rescind the ratification, a controversial decision that might have resulted in a court challenge, but for the fact that on March 30, 1870, enough states had ratified the amendment for it to become part of the Constitution.
Category: Post-Civil War