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In May 1863, U.S. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton issued General Order No. 143 creating the Bureau of U. S. Colored Troops. Almost 200,000 African Americans served in the United States Colored Troops during the last two years of the Civil War.

In this detail of his lithograph celebrating the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment, James Carter Beard illustrated the ability that the freedpeople had to control their own labor and acquire their own land after emancipation.

On January 11, 1871, entrepreneur and woman suffrage advocate Victoria Woodhull became the first woman to address a congressional committee. In her remarks she declared that the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments granted women the right to vote. She…

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Includes street index, electric car lines and bus routes. Includes surrounding streets in Henrico and Chesterfield Counties. Shows Richmond city limits, streets, railroads, interurban lines and ward boundaries. Scale [ca. 1:20,000].

Includes information on background and education of an unnamed African American lawyer (likely Thomas Calhoun Walker), who lived with his wife, a former teacher, in Gloucester County. He describes his struggles to attend Hampton Institute and his…
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