Negro Suffrage in Connecticut
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Though the editor of the Walla Walla Statesman here reprints this abolitionist editorial without comment, he has made it clear that he is opposed to black male suffrage. The excerpted editorial also sets out the partisan nature of this issue, with Democrats ranged against the extension of suffrage to black. And in Connecticut, this change to the law would extend the franchise to blacks who had been free rather than the southern blacks who had been slaves. This issue was very live in Washington Territory, where rallies took place in Olympia, to oppose the extension of suffrage.
The Walla Walla Statesman quotes an unnamed abolitionist newspaper concerning the referendum on black male suffrage before the voters in Connecticut.
Walla Walla Statesman
Walla Walla W.T.: R.R. and S.G. Rees
Vol. IV, No. 34, p. 1, col. E
Washington Secretary of State: Historic Newspapers