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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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.
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