This is a five page, one day unit covering the importance and impact of the Civil War Amendments. Summaries and descriptions of the amendments are provided in a two page reading that is followed by three pages of student activities.
On this day, Congress passes the first fugitive slave law, requiring all states, including those that forbid slavery, to forcibly return slaves who have escaped from other states to their original owners.
POLL TAX | Many Southern States adopted a Poll Tax, in the late, 1800'S. Even though the 15th Amendment gave former slaves the right to vote, many poor people, both Black and White, did not have enough money to vote.
In 1867 congress passed a law that required the former confederate states to include black voters, but in the northern states they denied the rights for black men to vote One solution to this problem called for including the black man’s vote in all Northern states. Republicans assumed that new black voters would vote Republican just as their brothers did in the South it increased its voters in the North and South, the Republican Party could then maintain its stronghold in Congress.- Anayeli