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A Milwaukee newspaper disputes the results of the 1849 referendum on black suffrage

Negro Suffrage in Wisconsin

Despite voter approval in a special referendum on black suffrage held in 1849, the right to vote was consistently denied to African Americans during the mid-19th century. This newspaper article, written soon after Ezekiel Gillespie attempted to vote in 1865, lays out the anti-suffrage argument. It dismisses the results of the 1849 referendum by contending that the number of votes cast for suffrage in that year were not a majority of all votes cast on all subjects. The Click "Zoom & Pan" to view it more closely, or scroll down to see its electronic text version. pro-suffrage case, argued by Byron Paine before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 1866, is given elsewhere in Turning Points.

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Related Topics: Territory to Statehood
Wisconsin in the Civil War Era
The State Constitutions of 1846 and 1848
Abolition and Other Reforms
Creator: Daily Milwaukee News
Pub Data: Daily Milwaukee News. 12 Novemeber 1865. (microfilm P24769)
Citation: "Negro Suffrage in Wisconsin." Daily Milwaukee News (12 November 1865). Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 4/18/2014
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