October 29, 1866
A Radical newspaper suggests a way to approve the Constitutional Amendment with the support of the South. They suggest that in exchange for not disenfranchising the former Confederate leaders, the Southern states agree to enfranchise the African-Americans. The Dispatch does not give a clear opinion on this compromise.
Another Proposition.--A Radical writer for the Anti-Slavery Standard thinks that we shall adopt the constitutional amendment excluding all of our old leaders from office, and that, as they will then be anxious to have their disability removed, they will consent to enfranchise the negroes on condition that Congress will so relieve them. He is in favor of the compromise.
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“Another Proposition,” Reconstructing Virginia, accessed November 19, 2018, https://reconstructingvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/388.