A compromise amendment

March 24, 1866


A deal struck between Radicals and Conservatives leaves the question of suffrage to the voters.


The Radical Senators who voted against the representative amendment because it recognized the right of a State to exclude the blacks from suffrage, have struck hands with the majority in favor of an amendment which bases suffrage on voters. So before this session terminates this amendment may pass both Houses by a two-thirds vote. it would curtail the existing basis of the Southern States by the exclusion of the "three-fifths" of persons lately slaves from enumeration, besides denying to them representation for the other two-fifths- that is, all those who should not become voters. This is said by some to be acceptable to the President; but it is not likely any amendment would be while the parties deeply interested in it are unrepresented in Congress.
About this article

Contributed By

Justin Barlow




“A compromise amendment,” Reconstructing Virginia, accessed November 27, 2021, https://reconstructingvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/100.