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The Negro and the elective franchise. A Series Of Papers And A Sermon

American Negro Academy. Occasional Papers, No. 11

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Author: Charles C. Cook
Published: 1905
Language: English
Wordcount: 38,590 / 122 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 42.5
LoC Category: E
Downloads: 446
Added to site: 2011.08.30
mnybks.net#: 30673
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: History
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stitution by those States. The degradation of their black labor will ultimate in the degradation of their white labor also. In fact, the disfranchisement of the blacks operates practically everywhere down there as a disfranchisement of the great body of the whites likewise. For disuse of a power, whether physical or political, begets in time disinclination and then incapacity for exercising the same. The right to vote, under present political conditions which prevail throughout that section, is, as a matter of fact, exercised but by a small minority of the whites only. The total vote, for example, cast for representatives in Southern congressional districts is surprisingly slight in comparison with that cast in Northern congressional districts. The same is true of the vote for presidential electors, and for the executive, legislative and judicial officers of the various southern states for that matter. A handful of ruling whites, and that not of the best class as in antebellum times, casts to-day the entire v

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