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  •  Well said! Bravo! (5+ / 0-)

    Let it be on the record that the Republicans amended the Constitution 3 times in 5 years! (that is, a 2/3 vote of approval in both the House and Senate AND ratification by 3/4 of the states!) between 1865 and 1870:
    the 13th (abolition of slavery),
    the 14th (Equal protection under the laws regardless of color...and SEX!) and
    the 15th (the vote for black men.)

    Then too, the Klu Klux Klan had been invented by Nathan Bedford Forrest in 1866 and instituted a reign of terror across the defeated South against the newly freed. After these Amendments and some hair-raising testimony before Congress the Grant Administration (Republican again) put through the Anti-Klan Acts of the 1870s. The Army (!) was put in charge of hunting down and trying Klan members and succeeded so well the Klan died until 1915.
         The Grant administration also put through the first national Civil Rights act (1875), but it was immediately appealed to the Supreme Court, which did not rule on it until 1882 (after several changes in justices) when it was struck down as "over-reaching".
          Even as late as 1896 in Plessy v. Ferguson (which established the "separate but equal" doctrine for discrimination that wasn't reversed until 1954 (Brown v. Topeka)), the decision was 7-1, with the dissent from Justice Harlan, the last Lincoln appointee to the High Court.
          And yes, Theodore Roosevelt met with Booker T. Washington at the White House one afternoon in 1902 (if IIRC). The interview went so long Roosevelt invited him to stay for dinner. The storm of Southern, Democratic criticism over this rang for years (and may have even been a (small) factor in TR's failure to make a Presidential comeback in 1912.)

    Just some info to fill in your comment.

    Shalom.

    "God has given wine to gladden the hearts of people." Psalm 104:15

    by WineRev on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 10:32:58 AM PDT

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