Skip to comments.On the Right to Vote Part V
Posted on 10/02/2017 1:50:38 AM PDT by Jacquerie
Subtitle: The 15th Amendment. Recall from Parts I & II, and Article I § 2 of the Constitution, the states determine voter qualifications to the US Congress. From Parts III & IV, we saw that the late 1860s Congress differentiated between civil and political rights, and Congress did not regard the franchise as a civil right. Section 2 of the 14th Amendment prescribed the punishment for state discrimination against voting based on race. As opposed to civil rights, which everyone in America (citizen and non-citizen) has from the moment of conception, voting is a political right subject to Federal/State Constitutions and statutes.
Now, northern states were generally as loath as the southern to grant the ballot to African-Americans, both the newly freed and those who had never been slaves. As opposed to todays Congress, the 39th & 40th Congresses met the nations challenges head-on. They didnt punt difficult issues to an Administrative State or Scotus. In a display of incredible good judgment and concern for the future of our republic, Congress decided against the establishment, perhaps into future centuries, of a large mass of freedmen with civil rights, but lacking the political right to participate in state and federal elections:
Congress debated, yet declined to recommend abolishing educational and property-holding tests. In consequence, the states could constitutionally limit the political right to vote for state offices through poll taxes, and literacy and property-holding tests.
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Education, history, current events BUMP! Thanks, Jacquerie.
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