Immorality of Southern Suffrage Legislation

Shawn Leigh Alexander

in T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032320
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039084 | DOI:
Immorality of Southern Suffrage Legislation

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This chapter presents the essay “Immorality of Southern Suffrage Legislation,” written for the Independent, where Fortune outlines the argument against the southern states' disfranchisement legislation. Beginning in 1890 with Mississippi, the southern governments began rewriting their constitutions and effectively disfranchising their African American population. In 1898, the same year Fortune wrote this essay, the Supreme Court upheld Mississippi's suffrage amendment in Williams v. Mississippi, and Louisiana passed its own franchise legislation, instituting what became known as the “grandfather clause.”

Keywords: southern states; disfranchisement legislation; African Americans; constitutions; suffrage; grandfather clause; Independent

Chapter.  2752 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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