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Seward, William Henry (1801-1872) [Fifteenth Amendment resolution]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00788.01 Author/Creator: Seward, William Henry (1801-1872) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Printed document signed Date: 27 February 1869 Pagination: 2 p. : seal : ribbon; 25.6 x 20.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Reconstruction amendment passed to combat southern opposition to federal policies toward freed slaves. Printed certificate sealed and signed, attached to printed resolution with a purple ribbon and red State Department seal. With printed circular letter.

Background Information: Seward was the U.S. Secretary of State. Schuyler Colfax, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and B.F. Wade, President of the Senate pro tempore, as well as Edward ...McPherson, clerk of the House of Representatives, and George C. Gorham, Secretary of the Senate, all signed the document.See More

People: Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872
Colfax, Schuyler, 1823-1885
Wade, Benjamin Franklin, 1800-1878
McPherson, Edward, 1830-1895
Gorham, George Congdon, 1832-1909

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: African American HistorySlaveryUS ConstitutionUS Constitutional AmendmentLawGovernment and CivicsReconstruction

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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