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Friday, June 28, 2019

What Did the Joint Committee on Reconstruction Look Like?

On Tuesday I went to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. I was there to see a new permanent exhibit on the Civil War and Reconstruction. The exhibit is terrific and I would highly encourage anyone who is interested to go. (They even have an 1867 letter from John Bingham.)

One thought that crossed my mind afterwards was that there was no visual depiction of the members of the Joint Committee on Reconstruction. Upstairs in the Constitution Center there is a popular room with life-sized bronze statutes of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention. While I can see that more bronzes would be expensive, you would think that some photo or illustration would suffice.

Then I realized that there are hardly any illustrations of the Joint Committee. And, as far as I know, no official photos. I could only find one illustration after doing some research, which I've added below. (Bingham is seated on the extreme right front. )

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Posted by Gerard Magliocca on June 28, 2019 at 08:55 PM | Permalink

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