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Archive: September 2020 (3 Posts)

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From the Serial Set: Residency, Race, and Suffrage

Posted by: Bailey DeSimone

Congress has dealt with issues of voter disenfranchisement on the basis of race throughout history. The question of suffrage for District of Columbia residents in 1844 demonstrated how the enfranchisement of D.C. residents and Black American men was interconnected. In that year, the Senate Committee for the District of Columbia, which held jurisdiction over D.C. from 1816 until …