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Debates about suffrage during the 1846 convention.

Suffrage debates during first convention


During the 1846 constitutional convention, delegates debated who should be eligible to vote in Wisconsin. Because Wisconsin boasted a large immigrant population, the question of suffrage for the foreign-born was especially critical. Delegates also discussed whether to extend voting rights to African Americans, a provision that many feared would cause Wisconsin to become overrun with fugitive slaves. Whether women ought to be allowed to vote was a third issued that divided the electorate. This excerpt from the convention's journal reveals some of the primary arguments in the debate.

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Related Topics: Territory to Statehood
The State Constitutions of 1846 and 1848
Creator: Wisconsin Constitutional Convention (1846)
Pub Data: Wisconsin Historical Collections, vol. 27 (Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1919): 210-220.
Citation: "Suffrage debates during first convention." Wisconsin Historical Collections, vol. 27 (Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1919): 210-220. Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=55; Visited on: 4/23/2014
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