[Broadside]: Negro Suffrage in Connecticut. Voters, the Issue is Upon You! Read the Evidence! (1867)

[Connecticut: 1867].

Price: $10,000.00

Broadside. Tall folio. Measuring 8¾” x 22¼”. Moderate creasing and one short closed tear, near fine. A scarce, unrecorded Reconstruction era broadside appealing to the “Freemen of Connecticut” to oppose Negro suffrage in Connecticut and in the country: “The House of Representatives of the Legislature of Connecticut at the last session, May, 1867, passed the following proposed amendment to the Constitution, which strikes out the word White, and admits Negroes To Vote.”

The broadside prints the text of the amendment followed by several exclamatory arguments against “this monstrous proposition” and against the Republican party: “Congress Proposes To Force It Upon Us! The Republican party in Congress has forced Negro Suffrage upon ten States of the Union … The leaders of that party claim that they have a right to force Negro suffrage in Connecticut, by an act of Congress … .”

The people of Connecticut had been bitterly divided since the end of the Civil War over whether to amend the state constitution to allow African-American men the right to vote. It remained the central political and social question of the Reconstruction era until the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1870 which prohibits the federal government or any state from denying a citizen’s right to vote “on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”

An historically important, detailed, and visually appealing unrecorded broadside.


Item #533661

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Item #533661 [Broadside]: Negro Suffrage in Connecticut. Voters, the Issue is Upon You! Read the Evidence! (1867)
[Broadside]: Negro Suffrage in Connecticut. Voters, the Issue is Upon You! Read the Evidence! (1867)