voting rights

Andrew Johnson

tih-20230108 African American Men In DC Gain Right To Vote

On January 8, 1867, African American men living in the District of Columbia gained the right to vote. As Congress had – and still has – the final say on many matters concerning the District of Columbia, so it decided that free men in D.C. should have the right to vote. The Republican Congress at the time overrode President Andrew Johnson’s veto and the right to vote was granted to men in D.C. without restrictions due to race.

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