African-Americans as Citizens and Voters Hancock, John [1824-1893]. The Great Question for the People! Essays on the Elective Franchise: Or, Who Has the Right to Vote?. Philadelphia: Merrihew & Son, Printers, 1866. 40,  pp. Text followed by 4 pp. of advertisements. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in printed wrappers, advertisemenst to recto and verso of rear wrapper. Light soiling, minor wear to spine ends and corners, light toning to text, minor dampstaining to fore-edges of title page and following four leaves. $350. * Second edition. First published in 1865, this pamphlet is a history of suffrage that includes discussion of African-Americans as citizens and as voters. It includes chapters on the Dred Scott decision, the constitutional rights of free men, including African-Americans, to vote in the early republic, South Carolina's attempt to introduce the word "white" into the definition of citizenship in the Articles of Confederation and the valor of African-Americans who fought for the Union. Hancock, a Unionist, was a notable Texas attorney, judge, state legislator and, later, U.S. Congressman.
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