Plans for Reconstruction

January 28, 1867


The plan is to allow limited suffrage for all before the new amendment is ratified, which will allow time for people to get used to universal suffrage rather than have it thrust upon them.


A writer in the New York Times calls upon Congress to call conventions in the southern States and submit the amendment to them. Another writer for the same journal says the southern States should, while they have the opportunity, secure for themselves a limited and impartial suffrage without regard to color. They may thus avoid having forced upon them universal suffrage, which is a curse to any community, whether white or black, until fitted for it. No community is fit for universal suffrage until both the head and the heart of the masses have received a Christian education, and are controlled and guided by it. Until thus fitted, the privilege of suffrage should be connected with some other qualification.
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