This Week in Reconstruction, February 16-22, 1868

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This Week in Reconstruction, February 16-22, 1868


What General Schofield says is what goes. With new voting registration in their sight, Richmonders of all colors are more than appeased. New registration in itself is revolutionary for Richmonders, but the real power lies in Schofield's order stating "all qualified voters are entitled to challenge, under reasonable restrictions, the right of any other person to register as a voter, and the superintendent of registration will admit within the enclosure occupied by the board, such a number of challengers as he may deem necessary to ensure the detection of any attempt at fraudulent or unlawful registration." Even though black Richmonders are allowed to register, their unhappy white neighbor can take it away from them. White power and black inferiority continue even in a time of progress. Not only may a white Richmonder restrict a black man's right, Schofield's clause permits a white man to challenge another white man as well. Challenging one's right to vote may take on the form of a threat for Radical sympathizers. The Dispatch itself and the white citizens it serves hold no complaints of Schofield's orders. Taking away white power over blacks is no easy task, especially in a place so afraid of equality.


February 16-22, 1868


Mallory Haskins