Suffrage Laws at the South

August 18, 1865

Here is a condensed abstract of the provisions in the Constitutions of the slave states, in force immediately prior to secession, so far as they bear on the question of the right of suffrage. “It will be seen that no two of them entirely agree in any other respect than that of excluding minors, blacks, and females from voting.”  The states included are Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, and Texas.

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