On Oct. 19, 1870 the first African Americans were elected to the House of Representatives.
Black Republicans won three of the four congressional seats in South Carolina: Joseph H. Rainey, Robert C. Delarge, and Robert B. Elliott.
The Reconstruction era of the United States is one the most important yet mis-represented (or ignored) periods in U.S. history.
Though often overlooked in classrooms across the country, Reconstruction was a period where the impossible suddenly became possible.
For lessons and resources, visit the #TeachReconstruction campaign to teach outside the textbook.