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Many developments in social life and the constitution amounted to a revolution between 1860 and 1877 Some of the major events that took place during this time period were the secession of the southern states Civil War Thirteenth Fourteenth and Fifteenth amendment and reconstruction In 1860 South Carolina declared their causes of secession South Carolina was the first state to secede and their main reason was that their powers were restrained by the federal government They felt they were not sovereign and therefore needed to secede In the 1860s the nation continued to struggle to become united Congress introduced the new banking and currency systems Senator John Sherman commended this because he was a strong believer in national unity He believed that everything should be nationalized because putting state authority above national authority would be the main instrument by which our government is sought to be overthrown The blacks at this time were persistently struggling for their civil rights They declared that they should have the privilege of voting because they fought in the war to preserve the union In a petition American citizens of African descent stated that It the government can afford to trust him with a vote as safely as it trusted him with a bayonet At this time they did not have full protection from the courts nor did the courts receive a black persons testimony In 1865 the blacks did not receive homesteads promised to them by the government They struggled for the right to purchase land It seemed unfair to them that a person that was a former rebel could regain the land they owned before the civil war yet the African Americans who were good loyal citizens of the United States still could not purchase a homestead In 1863 Abraham Lincoln finalized the Emancipation Proclamation The Proclamation was a very important document in that it guaranteed the future freedom of all American slaves
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