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Black History and Blacks in U.S. History
Throwing Their Hats into the Ring, Part 1 - John Mercer Langston

Black History and Blacks in U.S. History
Black History and Blacks in U.S. History


Throwing Their Hats into the Ring, Part 1 - John Mercer Langston
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.79

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    antislavery, consul-general, regiment, freedom, politics, exam, education, responsibility, pioneer, gain, term, autobiography, slave, beginning, public, battle
     content words:    Civil War, United States, John Mercer Langston, Mercer Langston, Oberlin College, Underground Railroad, Republican Party, John Langston, Howard University, Virginia Normal

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     Spanish: Entrar al ruedo (primera parte) John Mercer Langston


Throwing Their Hats into the Ring, Part 1 - John Mercer Langston
By Jane Runyon
  

1     Every freedom comes with a responsibility. As you grow older, you will have more freedom. You will also have more responsibility. African-American slaves took on new responsibilities when they gained their freedom.
 
2     Most slaves were denied education. It took a while before many could learn about how government is run. A few black leaders emerged after the Civil War ended. In time, these few would inspire many more.
 
3     It is believed that the first African-American elected to public office in the United States was John Mercer Langston. His election as the town clerk of a small Ohio town came before the beginning of the Civil War. That was just the beginning.

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