Indiana Dems Explain Their Principled Opposition to 15th Amendment: "the government was formed for white men" March 1869

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At the end of February 1869 the 15th Amendment giving equal voting rigts to Black men was passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification. In Indiana and several other states there was fierce opposition to the Amendment from the Democratic Party. The New York World reprinted a letter from the Indiana Democrats explaining why they opposed the change in the Constitution. The World was a conservative paper aligned with the Democratic Party.

This is a long article that I will publish in several posts.

World
Thursday, Mar 11, 1869
New York, NY
Page: 1

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This is a very interesting read. I wonder, as a comparison, if it was just as harsh when it came time for womens suffrage.
 

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Interesting read for sure. Very strong opposition existed in that state. Wonder if many instances of voter suppression occurred in Indiana after passage of the amendment.
 

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The Break-up of the Indian Legislature-More Democratic Blundering
New York Herald
Wednesday, Mar 10, 1869
New York, NY
Vol: XXXIV
Issue: 69
Page: 6


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