Ulysses S. Grant and Political Violence in the South
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Radmacher Meeting Room
Historian Kate Masur discusses the struggle for voting rights following the Civil War. She explores white supremacist political violence and why it was so hard to stop.
The Fifteenth Amendment was ratified in 1870. It allows the federal government to step in when states deny American citizens the right to vote based on “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” That amendment was quite difficult to enforce, as white southerners resorted to fraud, intimidation, and extreme violence to stop black men from voting or to make sure their votes did not count.
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