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The House of Representatives upholds Senate on banning exclusion from U.S. courts on grounds of race

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06/29/1864
As part of pending civil appropriations legislation, Senators Sumner and Buckalew had proposed amendments four days earlier that neither civil nor criminal U.S. Courts could exclude "any witness on account of color" and this had passed, 29 votes to 10.  The House took up the measure, voted down a Democratic amendment from Robert Mallory of Kentucky to allow states to decide, and then upheld the amendments by a vote of 68 votes to 48. The measure soon then became federal law.  (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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