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The U.S. Senate votes to ban exclusion from testifying in United States courts on grounds of race

Charles Sumner
06/25/1864
In the Senate, as part of the pending civil appropriations legislation, Senator Charles Sumner proposed an amendment "That in the courts of the United States there shall be no excusion of any witness on account of color." Senator Charles Buckalew added a specific reference to civil cases.  The amendments passed the Senate, 29-10.  The House passed them the following week, 68 votes to 48, and the measure became the law of the United States.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Edward McPherson, The Political History of the United States of America, during the Great Rebellion.... (Washington DC: Philp and Solomons, 1865), 243.

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