This Week in Reconstruction, June 1-4, 1870

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This Week in Reconstruction, June 1-4, 1870


Members of the Senate are debating the schools, including fundamental issues such as age and racial limitations on attendance, funding, and compulsory attendance. They decide that separate schools be constructed for both races, the age limit be twenty one, and students should attend schools in their own districts. These strategies institutionalize segregation while maintaining the appearance of "[maintaining] a uniform system" amongst the two races. Acceptance of such a policy sets precedent and provides the platform by which similar strategies can be carried out regarding other governmental actions in the future. The Senate has also proposed the requirement of payment of the capitation tax for attendance.


June 1-4, 1870


Bryce Smith