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The Undermining of the First Reconstruction: Lessons for the Second

  title={The Undermining of the First Reconstruction: Lessons for the Second},
  author={J. Morgan Kousser},
As Congress considers whether to renew, amend, or scuttle the Voting Rights Act, what relevant lessons can we draw from the historical record of the First (nineteenth century) Reconstruction and its undermining? The federal voting rights machinery, more sophisticated and stringent than is usually believed, represented an attempt, parallel to the VRA, to protect citizens' political rights. It was finally outflanked, as the VRA may be. The promises of southern leaders in the l870s, convincing to… 
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