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CHAPTER III. The Amendment Before The People. The Amendment having passed Congress June 13, 1866, was formally presented to the Secretary of State, June 16, and was by him submitted to the several States for ratification or ...
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CHAPTER III. The Amendment Before The People. The Amendment having passed Congress June 13, 1866, was formally presented to the Secretary of State, June 16, and was by him submitted to the several States for ratification or rejection. Before considering the action of the several Legislatures, it may be well to see what the people in general thought of it, what they understood it to mean, what powers were to be given to Congress and the Central Government, and what evils were to be remedied by it. Our source of information, on this particular question, is, with few exceptions, limited to newspapers, both editorial and correspondence. This will also include the open letters of public men and the speeches made during the campaign. When the nature of the Amendment proposed by the Committee April 30 became known, it was declared that the object of the first section seemed to have been secured by the Civil Rights Bill, and that the main purpose of the Amendment was, therefore, to keep the South out until after the election.1 Even as early as December 15, 1865, the purpose of the first section was, it was said, to " confer upon Congress all the powers now exercised by the state Legislatures, and to reduce the States to the conditions of counties."2 The same writer also asserted that it was proposed to give " Congress absolute power over the social and civil laws of each State." -1N. Y. Herald, April 30, 1866. The Herald claimed to be an independent paper but usually supported the administration. 1 N.Y. World, December 15, 1865. To show that reference was had to what finally became the first section, the following resolution introduced by Mr. Bingham was given in the same editorial: "The Congress shall have power to make all laws necessary and proper to secure to all pers...
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  • BN ID: 2940017359730
  • Publisher: Baltimore
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
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  • Edition description: Digitized from 1908 volume
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