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Collection: Civil Rights
"Hon. John T. Ashcraft Writes on Woman Suffrage and the Negro."
A July 10, 1919 letter to the Florence Herald written by Florence attorney, industrialist and lifelong Democrat the Hon. John T. Ashcraft (1859-1920) answering the objections of a "notable Alabamian" who was opposed to passage of the Women's Suffrage…
Articles on the 1946 Boswell Amendment to the Alabama Constitution
A series of newspaper articles discussing the proposed Boswell Amendment to the Alabama Constitution of 1946.
Section 181 of the Alabama constitution allowed a citizen to register to vote if either they or their spouse owned at least $300 worth…
"Government by Injunction"
A July 4, 1957 *Florence Herald* editorial critical of the Civil Rights Bill sponsored by the Eisenhower administration. Among other objections the paper stated that "In substance the provisions of (this bill) constitute nothing more than government…
"Civil Rights Hearing Halted by Commission"
A December 14, 1958 *Florence Herald* article reporting on the cessation of a series of hearings on Negro voting rights in Montgomery by the Federal Civil Rights Commission, in order to enlist the aid of the federal courts to compel witnesses to…
"U.S. Senator John Sparkman"
An April 28, 1960 *Florence Herald* campaign ad of Alabama Democratic Senator John Sparkman, noting that among other Anti-Southern legislation he has worked and voted against all "so-called civil rights bills" and that he was opposed to the U. S.…
Thursday, November 1, 1962 campaign ad sponsored by the Colbert and Lauderdale Democratic Campaign Committee, urging voters to "think before you vote and vote Democratic." The ad also advertises an upcoming Colbert Lauderdale Democratic Dinner to be…
"Kill Amendment No.3."
A November 21, 1963 *Florence Herald* editorial urging readers to vote against Amendment No. 3, one of 13 proposed amendments to the Alabama Constitution. According to the *Herald,* citing a bulletin published by the League of Women Voters, while no…
"Integrate or Lose State School Funds"
A July 16, 1964 *Florence Herald* article reporting that a three-judge federal court ruled on Tuesday that if Alabama schools don't integrate within a "reasonable time" they risk losing state funds.
School Desegregation in Alabama
Several Florence Herald and Tri-Cities Daily articles from 1964 to 1966 reporting on the Desegregation of Alabama Schools, including efforts by Governor George Wallace to delay the enforcement of federal desegregation guidelines in Alabama schools.
Lauderdale County Schools Adopt Federal Desegregation Guidelines in 1966
Florence Herald and Florence Times newspaper articles of 1966 reporting on the integration of Lauderdale County public schools.