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    Radical Members of the South Carolina Legislature Carte de Visite.
    2.5" x 4"
    Studio unknown; 1872

    The Reconstruction Act of 1867 redesigned the governing bodies of the southern states not only allowing African-Americans the right to vote but also serve in government. This CDV was produced to frighten the white population. It features thumbnail portraits of 63 members of the reconstructed South Carolina legislature "50 of whom are negroes [sic] or mulattoes and 18 white. 22 read and write (8 grammatically) the remainder (41) make their mark with the aid of amanuensis." This image was widely distributed in many sizes and formats.

    Condition: Very good with some areas of spot toning on the image and mount; the mount having slightly toned brown.

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    January, 2019
    15th Tuesday
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