Are not our rights as a free people and good citizens

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rights of those who were Found in rebellion against this good and just government (and now being conquered) come (as they Seem) with penitent hearts and beg forgiveness For past offenses and also ask if their [sic] lands Cannot be restored to them. Are these rebellious Spirits to be reinstated in their [sic] possessions And we who have been abused
and oppressed For many long years not be allowed the Privilege of purchasing land But be subject To the will of these large Land owners? God forbid…Unless some provision is Made our future is sad to look upon…We therefore look to you In this trying hour as A truefriend of the poor and Neglected race, for protection and Equal Rights, with the privilege of purchasing a Homestead- A Homestead right here in the heart of South Carolina.Document 4Source: Senator Lot Morrill (R-Maine), speech in Congress, February 1, 1866.I admit that this species of legislation [Civil Rights Act of 1866] is absolutely revolutionary. But are we not in the midst of a revolution? Is the Senator from Kentucky utterly oblivious to the grand results of four years of war? Are

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