The quote below was made in an 1867 address to Congress by Thaddeus Stevens, a Republican leader and member of the U.S. House of Representatives:Have not loyal blacks quite as good a right to choose rulers and make laws as rebel whites? . . . every man, no matter what his race or color . . . has an equal right to justice, honesty, and fair play with every other man; and the law should secure him those rights. Source: http://www.columbia.edu/itc/history/foner/civil_war/linked_documents/what_is_needed.html
Based on Stevens' perspective in the quote, with which one would you agree with?
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The Reconstruction Amendments are unconstitutional and should be abolished.
The Fifteenth Amendment should be extended to guarantee voting rights for women.
The clause in the Fourteenth Amendment that guarantees citizens equal protection should be revised.
The Reconstruction Amendments are essential to reuniting the country and rebuilding the South.