Season 1: The Citizenship Project

    In 1865, Tennessee was the first Confederate state to officially ratify the fourteenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted former slaves rights as full citizens. However, Tennessee was also the last state to ratify the fifteenth amendment, which prohibited state and federal governments from denying a citizen the right to vote based on “race, color or previous condition of servitude.”

    Video thumbnail: Citizenship A Time of Joining | The Citizenship Project | NPT

    Citizenship

    A Time of Joining | The Citizenship Project | NPT

    NPT's original documentary about the benevolent societies that form after the Civil War.

    A Time of Joining | The Citizenship Project | NPT

    Video thumbnail: Citizenship First Black Statesmen | The Citizenship Project | NPT

    Citizenship

    First Black Statesmen | The Citizenship Project | NPT

    The end of the Civil War, after ratification of the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments.

    First Black Statesmen | The Citizenship Project | NPT