On July 9th, 1868 (139 years ago today), the Civil Rights amendment to the Constitution was ratified. This amendment, the 14th, extended rights and liberties to former slaves. It gave the right to freedom and, for all males over the age of 21, the right to vote. While this amendment grants this freedom the carrying out of this amendment was spotty at best.
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