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To what extent did developments between 1860 and 1877 amount to a revolution?

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The most important change brought about by this time period were the constitutional changes which ended slavery; gave citizenship to Blacks and gave everyone the right to vote. This was accomplished by means of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments respectively. By far the greatest change was the passage of the 14th Amendment, whose ratification was made a condition of Southern States receiving full representation in Congress. The Amendment provided that no state would deprive a citizen of the United States of life, liberty or property without due process of law; or deny any citizen of the United States the equal protection of the law. This provision, primarily the...

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