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

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: 1

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.

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

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, Slavery, US Constitution, US Constitutional Amendment, Law, Government and Civics, Reconstruction

Sub Era: Reconstruction