Louisiana's Reconstruction-Era Constitution [Louisiana]. Constitution Adopted by the State Constitutional Convention of the State of Louisiana, March 7, 1868. Printed by the New Orleans Republiean [sic], In Accordance with a Resolution of the Constitutional Convention, Adopted March 7th, 1868. New Orleans: Printed at the Republican Office, 1868. 22 pp. Octavo (9-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in plain wrappers bound into to later library cloth. Some soiling, light shelfwear. Moderate toning and light foxing to text, faint dampstaining to margins of a few leaves, library stamps and marks to title page and its verso. $750. * Louisiana's 1868 constitution instituted the criteria necessary for readmission to the Union. It eradicated the Black Codes of 1865, removed property qualifications for holding office and disenfranchised former Confederates. Indicating support for the Fourteenth Amendment, which would be ratified on July 9, 1868, the constitution granted full citizenship to African-American men with equal civil and political rights. It also banned segregated public schools and segregated accommodations on public transportation. This constitution was the First in Louisiana's history to include a bill of rights. These rights were severely diminished in Louisiana's 1879 constitution, which followed the end of Reconstruction. Babbitt, Hand-List of Legislative Sessions and Session Laws 152.
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