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As much as the American Revolution was for the Independence of our Nation the years of 1860-1877 were equally a revolution for constitutional and social developments in the newly United states With varying opinions leading up until the dawn of the Civil War a revolution of sorts was almost guaranteed to happen States Rights had divided the nation since the writing of the Constitution some one hundred years ago to this period We as a nation at the pre-1860 time period were deeply divided resulting in what was a group of almost separate nations This period was important just as Senator Sherman said that we should nationalize our country so that we shall love our country He goes on to say that by placing more dependence on the central government would naturally unite us Furthermore Sherman comments that the lack of such nationality I believe is one of the great evils of the timesit has been that principlewhich our government is sought to be overthrown The reason why one could say that this period was so revolutionary was because of what went on Senator Morrill hits the nail on the head by saying that Are we not in the midst of a civil and political revolution which has changed the fundamental principles of our government in some respects The government of the newly United States had just created three colossal amendments to the Constitution that to that point had only been changed twice before By just glancing at the title and picture The First Vote by Waud was a drastic change for our nation The black man had that vote and it would forever change our history Also the title is symbolic of what the new vote meant The first vote represented the new beginning of what was to later come Although it would still be a hard road ahead as seen in the Nast drawing of the KKK and their negative role to the
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