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"The Modern Samson"

Topic:
Black Manhood Suffrage (see "Chase's Candidacy" also)
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Thomas Nast
Date:
October 3, 1868, p. 632
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In March 1867 Congress enacted the first Reconstruction Act, with which the eleven former Confederate states had to comply in order to regain Congressional representation. Among the law’s stipulations was a requirement for black manhood suffrage. All but three states conformed, even though the demand for black manhood suffrage was very unpopular among white Southerners. (In 1870 the 15th Amendment would constitutionally oblige Northern states and the three unreconstructed Southern states to provide black manhood suffrage as well.)
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