Blog Post: In 1868, Black suffrage was on the ballot

Grade Range: 8-12
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials
Date Posted: 9/3/2020

“Every election season in the United States revolves around a set of issues—health care, foreign affairs, the economy. In 1868, at the height of the Reconstruction, the pressing issue was Black male suffrage. When voters went to the polls that November, they were asked to decide if and how their nation's democracy should change to include Black men, millions of whom were newly freed from slavery. It was up to voters to decide: should Black men be granted the right to vote?”

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