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(56) Holmes's approach to Giles makes more sense if observers assume that whites in Alabama were already united in a conspiracy to disfranchise nonwhites, and were willing to go to any lengths necessary to achieve this disfranchisement.
During the last decade of the 19th century, a number of southern states held constitutional conventions to permanently disfranchise black Americans.
The convention drafted a new state constitution to disfranchise blacks; subsequently, the constitution was ratified in a referendum.
This refusal to register the blacks was part of a general scheme to disfranchise them ..." Technical grounds might have enabled the Court to bypass the merits,(44) but Holmes raced on to embrace an ultimate confrontation, for in his words, "we are dealing with a new and extraordinary situation, and we are unwilling to stop short of the final considerations which seem to us to dispose of the case."
'The attack on our members is a ploy to disfranchise several PDP members and supporters in the federal constituency during tomorrow's elections,' the statement read.
He also dismissed claims that the ongoing merger will disfranchise those who are currently benefiting from the fund.
The first black national convention in 1830 lodged their attack against colonization "as citizens and men," reminding their audience that "many of our fathers, and some of us, have fought and bled for the liberty, independence, and peace which you now enjoy." [33] When Pennsylvania's Constitution was revised in 1838 to disfranchise free black men in the name of expanding white manhood suffrage, young black male reformers leapt forward to challenge it.
It's unlikely that African-American voters in Florida (and perhaps elsewhere) will forget what many consider to be a Bush-led Republican effort to disfranchise their community.