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The Military Reconstruction Acts, of 1867 and 68 were four statutes passed during the Reconstruction Era following the War Between the States.

A key feature of the Acts was the creation of five military districts in the South, each commanded by a general. These districts would serve as the acting government for the region.

In addition, they required each state draft a new state constitution, which would have to be approved by Congress. The states also were required to ratify the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and grant voting rights to black men.

So 14 amendment, maybe the most litigated amendment, was not volunterely ratified by all states of the United States. Though it is of questionable constitutionality, it is the basis for forming the basis for landmark decisions such as Roe v. Wade (1973) regarding abortion, Bush v. Gore (2000) regarding the 2000 presidential election, and Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) regarding same-sex marriage.

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