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of America except for the slave states on the Union side because the Union needed the border states to stay so as to have an advantage of population and land on the South.A few months before the election of 1868 rolled around, blacks wanted to be ableto vote because they were free. They write a letter to the President and general public explaining that they are angry. “...why should we be denied the privilege of voting?
...The Government has asked the [us] to fight for its preservation and gladly has he done it… Is this the reward of our services in the field?” (Doc. C) The freedmen are angered that they do not get the right to vote while the persons who founded the rebellion beg for forgiveness and receive their possessions and rights. (Doc. E) What further aggravated the South was the ratification of the 14th amendment which established national citizenship for persons born or naturalized in the United States and prohibited states from depriving citizens of their civil rights.In reply, Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles proclaims that , “The Federal government has no right... to dictate on the matter of suffrage to any state” (Doc. D) In