Southern States Feared Negro Domination

Nothing was more terrifying to wealthy landowners in the post-Confederate south than an empowered black electorate. The suffrage of the previously subjugated class could easily disrupt their monopoly on southern politics.

Jason Byrne
Feb 7, 2017 · 4 min read
“The First Vote” of African Americans in Virginia.1867, Harper’s Weekly. (State Archives of Florida/Waud)