Nov. 23, 2016

Project Uplift Literacy In Their Words My Voice Rev. E. J. Adams “These are Revolutionary Times” M

On March 2, 1867, Congress overrode President Andrew Johnson's vetoes and passed a series of Reconstruction acts which would, among other things, establish new governments in the ex-Confederate states based for the first time on universal male suffrage. The first step in this process involved the electing of white and black male delegates to conventions that would write new state constitutions establishing the legal basis for these governments. Sensing this unprecedented political opportunity, African Americans gathered in mass meetings throughout the South to support Congress’s action and to plan their own agenda. One of the earliest of these meetings took place in Charleston, South Carolina on March 19, 1867. At the conclusion of the meeting Rev. E. J. Adams, a leader of the Charleston black community gave the address below. in Charleston, called for the adoption of the report pay particular attention to the last line of this speech “In Their Words My Voice” Project Uplift Literacy. Also, it was only a period of less than a decade that Reconstruction was allowed to flourish in the former southern slave states before the Compromise of 1877 terminated any possibility of continued growth of blacks in that part of America for almost another century.