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Reconstructing the Union

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H.R. 123, Third Reconstruction Act...
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H.R. 123, Third Reconstruction Act, July 8, 1867

The Third Reconstruction Act clarified the language and “true intent” of the First and Second Reconstruction Acts. These acts divided the former Confederate states into five military districts, required new state constitutions that recognized voting rights of black men, and demanded state ratification of the 14th Amendment—which guaranteed civil rights for all citizens—before readmission to the Union.

Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, National Archives and Records Administration