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T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American AgitatorA Collection of Writings, 1880-1928$
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Shawn Leigh Alexander

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032320

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032320.001.0001

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Immorality of Southern Suffrage Legislation

Immorality of Southern Suffrage Legislation

(p.165) 16 Immorality of Southern Suffrage Legislation
T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator

Shawn Leigh Alexander

University Press of Florida

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

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