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Beyond RedemptionRace, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War$
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Carole Emberton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226024271

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226024301.001.0001

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Ballots and Bullets

Ballots and Bullets

(p.136) Five Ballots and Bullets
Beyond Redemption

Carole Emberton

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores how the black American right to suffrage to bear arms came into being. It was during the presidential elections of 1868 that the question arose of whether ex-slaves had the right to vote without giving up their right to bear arms. It was during this time that the blacks’ experiences during the Civil War helped to shape the political climate, as the equation of freedom with fighting for the Union created a vision of muscular democracy that intertwined questions of enfranchisement and arms bearing.

Keywords:   black americans, suffrage, arms bearing, democracy

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