Originally Posted by Amnorix
1870. Hiram Rhodes Revels, Republican from Mississippi, becomes the first African-American member of Congress (Senate). As of 2009, he is one of only six African-Americans to have ever served in the Senate.
How does stuff like this happen? I'm used to reading about minorities and women being oppressed, but then you'll occasionally read about stuff like this or a woman governor in Wyoming or something, and it kind of muddies up the nice neat picture of the olden days being white men with whips beating on everyone else.