Black History Moment: The Reconstruction Act of 1867

by Feb 4, 2020Blog0 comments

Yesterday, we acknowledged the 150th anniversary of ratification of the 15th Amendment of the US Constitution, and the first black man to vote after its ratification.  What were the precursor events/moments in time that led to that amendment’s eventual passage and ratification?   Today’s black history moment is a brief look into one of those moments: The Reconstruction Act of 1867.
The Reconstruction Act of 1867 – Key Highlights
* After the Civil War, this Act established a process for the former Confederacy (Southern states) to be readmitted into the Union (United States)
* States that were seeking readmission to the Union, were required by Congress to: write state constitutions that met Congressional approval, ratify the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, and granting black men the right to vote
* Carved the American South into five military districts or regions (each led by a military general) that would serve as acting governments, until written state constitutions were approved by Congress
The Reconstruction Act of 1867 – Impact/Significance
* Established the requirement for the states to provide universal manhood suffrage (right to vote), regardless of race or skin color
BHM Action Item: Visit and bookmark or now and register to vote, or to confirm your voter registration status.  Tell your friends/loved ones to do the same!
Visit the below resources and/or your local library to learn more about the Reconstruction Acts of 1867:
RESOURCES The Reconstruction Act of 1867
Video: “The Making of Radical Reconstruction Toward Black Suffrage – The Reconstruction Act of 1867”