Legislation. United States. Congress. Third Reconstruction Act (1867)

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The United States Congress Third Reconstruction Act (1867), enacted in March of 1867, outlined terms for Confederate states' re-admittance to the Union by enacting the laws stated in the 14th Amendment. This was the third in a set of four Reconstruction Acts passed concerning the reentry of insurgent states following the Civil War and required each state reentering the Union to write a new constitution that guaranteed African American men the right to vote and hold office. It also mandated the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed citizenship rights to all people born or naturalized in the United States and prohibited states from denying any person the equal protection of the laws. Many white southerners opposed the act, viewing it as an infringement on states' rights, but by 1870, all former Confederate states had been readmitted to the Union under new Republican governments as outlined through this act. (Wikipedia)

See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reconstruction_Acts

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