03 February 2004

Black History Question:
On February 5th of what year was an amendment passed to the Freedmen's Bureau bill that authorized the distribution of public land and confiscated land to freedmen and loyal refugees in forty acre lots?

The measure was defeated in the House by a vote of 126 to 37. A Black delegation, led by Frederick Douglas called on President Johnson and urged ballots for former slaves. Meeting ended in disagreement and controversy after Johnson reiterated his opposition to Black suffrage/voting.

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