A Free Ballot and a Fair Count: The Department of Justice and the Enforcement of Voting Rights in the South , 1877-1893

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"A Free Ballot and a Fair Count examines the efforts by the Department of Justice to implement the federal legislation known as the Enforcement Acts, passed by Congress in 1870-71. These laws were designed to enforce the voting rights of African-Americans as guaranteed under the recently ratified Fifteenth Amendment. By defining a range of federally prosecutable crimes, the Enforcement Acts aimed at combating white southerners' attempts to deny or restrict black suffrage."--BOOK JACKET.
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Overview

"A Free Ballot and a Fair Count examines the efforts by the Department of Justice to implement the federal legislation known as the Enforcement Acts, passed by Congress in 1870-71. These laws were designed to enforce the voting rights of African-Americans as guaranteed under the recently ratified Fifteenth Amendment. By defining a range of federally prosecutable crimes, the Enforcement Acts aimed at combating white southerners' attempts to deny or restrict black suffrage."--BOOK JACKET.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823220830
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Series: Reconstructing America Series
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert M. Goldman is Professor of History and Political Science at Virginia Union University.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition
Preface
Introduction
1 The Constitutional and Political Background of Fifteenth Amendment Rights Enforcement 1
2 "A Meet Person Learned in the Law": The Attorney General and the Justice Department before 1877 25
3 The New Department and the New Departure: Voting Rights Enforcement under Hayes, 1877-1880 48
4 "A Free Ballot and a Fair Count": Voting Rights Enforcement and Independent Movements in the South, 1880-1884 83
5 Voting Rights and the Democratic Interregnum, 1884-1888 125
6 Revitalization Again: Harrison and Voting Rights Enforcement, 1888-1893 145
7 Bureaucracy, Sectionalism, and the Demise of the "Free Ballot and a Fair Count" 180
Bibliographical Essay 207
Index 217
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