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Clarifing that only "white" freeman may vote in Pennsylvania...



Item # 647238

April 7, 1838

NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Washington City, April 7, 1838  Inside has three pages taken up with: "THE CONSTITUTION of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as Amended by the Convention of 1837-8".  One of the more controversial items is that which specifies that African-Americans are not permitted  to vote, noting here at the beginning of: "Article III, Sec. 1: In elections by the citizens, every white freeman of the age of twenty-one years...shall enjoy the rights of an elector..." with more. This clarification of "white" freeman is a change from the previous wording of simply "freeman" which caused Blacks to vote in some parts of the state and not others, depending on the local definition of "freeman".
Another article: "General Scott" is a lengthy letter signed by him concerning his work on the Niagara frontier.
Sixteen pages, 8 1/4 by 12 inches, some lite scattered foxing, otherwise in very nice condition.

This newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the19th century. As noted in Wikipedia, this title: "...(was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics...considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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