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The Disfranchisement of the Negro

In this 1903 essay, Chesnutt insists that anything less than full voting rights is a violation of the U.S. Constitutions. He identifies laws and customs the deny blacks the vote and he describes the violence that reduce blacks to hoping for mere tolerance. The only solution, he insists, is political action. In particular, he calls upon Congress to "refuse to seat any member who comes from a district where voters have been disfranchises."

The text was scanned from the original magazine copy in the Jackson Library at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro or from a copy secured through interlibrary loan from other libraries across the country. The scanning was done in the Jackson Library computer laboratory by John M. Freiermuth as a part of his Senior Thesis Project. The OCR scanning was done through the Caere Omnipage Professional 9.0. Proof reading was performed by John M. Freiermuth, and the project was completed on November 1999.

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