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America still grapples with echoes of 1875

May 29, 2019 - Philadelphia Inquirer

Jeffrey Rosen, the CEO of the National Constitution Center, is the kind of guy who gets as wound up talking about things like the 15th Amendment as a Phillies fan might get after a Rhys Hoskins walk-off homer, but nothing gets him as excited about the center's new permanent exhibit on Civil War and Reconstruction as when he shows off a simple box wrapped in bright green paper.

"This in some ways is the most moving artifact - the first time that African Americans voted in Virginia!" Rosen e...