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1 lawhawk  Jan 21, 2015 9:46:35am

Note the state Constitution in 1857 explicitly gave voting rights to white men only.

It also specifically stated that “No Negro, Chinaman or Mulatto shall have the right of suffrage.” (Art II, Sec. 6).

2 CriticalDragon1177  Jan 21, 2015 10:05:11am

Rightwingconspirator,

I just saw this over at Gizmodo. It was a complete surprise to me as well.

3 CriticalDragon1177  Jan 21, 2015 10:07:09am

re: #1 lawhawk

Note the state Constitution in 1857 explicitly gave voting rights to white men only.

It also specifically stated that “No Negro, Chinaman or Mulatto shall have the right of suffrage.” (Art II, Sec. 6).

Glad we made that null and void with the Fifteenth Amendment.

4 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Jan 21, 2015 10:59:25am

Yeah, didn’t know this history, although I was somewhat familiar with the racism of the West in general, particularly California in the early years. Much of that was directed at Asians, especially the Chinese, who were doing so much of the labor. So I can’t say I’m super surprised. But the specificity of the restrictions are more blatant than I would have imagined.

5 Fourth Football of the Apocalypse  Jan 21, 2015 11:25:42am

And the fight for settlement in the West, including opposition to the spread of slavery into those parts, was based on Whites not wanting Blacks to settle there, either free or slave. It wasn’t just, and maybe wasn’t even remotely, a moral objection to slavery. Although some leaders, including Lincoln himself, were moral opponents of slavery. But most northerners were not.


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