List of local African Americans to be challenged on election day, circa 1890
After the end of Reconstruction and Republican rule in 1877, Democrats in North Carolina tried to manipulate local and state elections in their favor. Their main targets were African Americans who had recently gained the right to vote. Or who had recently registered to vote.
This list of more than 600 names was likely produced by the local Democratic Party for registrars willing to prevent blacks from voting. Evidence suggests it was printed prior to 1894, most likely for the 1890 election.
Although not surprising, this extremely rare document is stark historical proof of the calculated, vicious atmosphere that led one political party to use any and all means to prevent black citizens from exercising rights guaranteed to them in 1870 by the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
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