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    [15th Amendment]. "Documents for the People". A West Virginia Republican Printing. Four pages, 5.75" x 9.25"; circa 1870s. A pamphlet outlining "The Registration of Voters Under the Act of Congress to Enforce the Fifteenth Amendment". The Fifteenth Amendment, adopted in 1870, gave black men the right to vote, as the pamphlet highlights, "Section 1 of that law provides, 'That all citizens of the United States who are, or shall be, otherwise, qualified by law to vote at any election shall be entitled and allowed to vote at all such elections, without distinction of race, color, or previous condition of servitude, any constitution, law, custom, usage or regulation of any State or Territory, or by or under its authority, to the contrary notwithstanding.'" The imprint goes on to say, "This is the law and the only law that defines who are entitled to vote in this State. The Fifteenth Amendment practically strikes the word 'white' from the Constitution, and the Fourteenth Amendment makes that part of the Amendment which says that certain persons shall not be citizens of this State a dead letter..."

    Despite the adoption of the amendment, discrimination against black voters continued in the United States, particularly in the South. Many states adopted practices that would prevent or discourage African Americans from voting. As such, counter-practices had to be installed, such as the one mentioned in this document. It states, in part: "If any Registrar in this State refuses to register any voter who can take the oath, he is subjected to a fine of $1000, $500 of which goes to the party aggrieved, and one year's imprisonment. See to it that every legal voter is registered, and that he is out on election day." The small booklet should be 8 pages and is missing the inner 3-6 pages. The first page is signed at the top, "D. Shursbury."

    Condition: As mentioned, the inner four pages of the pamphlet are missing. Uneven top edge. Flattened folds, with toning and soiling along the folds and at edges. Light foxing and spotting throughout.


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