The Citizenship Project

First Black Statesmen: Tennessee's Self-Made Men | NPT

Episode 1 | 28m 10s | Video has closed captioning.

At the close of the Civil War, former slaves won freedom, but citizenship and the right to vote were still five years away. However, Tennessee would grant freedmen access to the ballot box three years before federal ratification of the 15th Amendment, opening the way for black men to vote and represent their community for the first time.

Aired: 02/15/16

Rating: NR

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The Citizenship Project is a local public television program presented by NPT.

NPT’s The Citizenship Project is made possible by the support of Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area and the First Tennessee Foundation.