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The Alabama Constitution of 1901
A Series of articles from the Florence Herald, Florence Times and Sheffield Reaper on the 1901 Alabama Constitutional Convention and African-American disenfranchisement.
The True Issue
An April 4, 1861 Florence Gazette reprint of an earlier, Valley Sentinel (a newspaper from Virginia) article, arguing that the main issue behind Southern secession and the impending war was "abolition with the north or slavery with the south. There…
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 black 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 Wheler 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…