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Higher Percentage of Negro Voter Registration Per Capita in Lauderdale County than White Registration
A May 21, 1959 Florence Herald report that a recent survey indicates that, out of 17,000 registered voters in Lauderdale County there is a higher percentage of registered Negro voters (20%) per capita than registered white voters (13.4%) per capita.…
Freedman Martin Conner [sic] Repudiates Union Leagues and the Republican Party in Favor of Democratic Candidates Seymour and Blair
A November 25, 1868 reprint of a "card" originally placed in the Florence, AL LIterary Index on September 30, 1868 by Florence freedman Martin Conner/Connor (ca. 1821-), who stated that:
"I wish to say that I was a member of the Union League, but…
"Mass Meeting and Barbecue at Florence"
An August 26, 1868 Florence, AL Literary Index newspaper announcement by the Democratic Party of Lauderdale of an upcoming mass meeting and barbecue to be held Tuesday, September 1, 1868, at which several notable speakers would be present, including…
"Colored Men's Club"
An August 26, 1868 Florence, AL Literary Index newspaper article regarding the aim on the part of a group of Florence freedmen to found a "Seymour and Blair political club."
Former New York Governor Horatio Seymour (1810-1886) and Francis…
The Know-Nothing Party in Florence and the saga of editor Charles Wheeler of the short-lived "American Democrat" newspaper
This is a collection of articles about the Know-Nothing Party in Lauderdale County and editor Charles Wheeler of the American Democrat.
Democratic Executive Committee of Lauderdale County adopts a resolution that supporting the new state constitution, claiming that it "makes white supremacy permanent in this state."
Alabama constitutional convention of 1901
These are articles relating to the 1901 Alabama constitutional convention, which effectively disenfranchised most African Americans in Alabama.
Missing voter registration books
This is a letter to the editor of the Florence Times from Judge J.J. Mitchell, explaining that he felt the Florence voter registration book had been stolen by people who did not want African Americans to vote in the constitutional convention…
Lauderdale County votes against constiutional convention of 1901
This is a newspaper article that discusses the vote in Lauderdale County concerning the constitutional convention of 1901. Lauderdale County, helped by a strong turnout by African American voters, voted against the proposal to hold a convention to…
Emmitt O'Neal: "A White Man's Government"
This is a recap of a speech by Emmett O'Neal of Florence during the 1901 constitutional convention, whereby the Democratic Party took measures to disenfranchise African Americans.