The Good Faith of Congress

May 17, 1867

Summary

An amendment is being discussed in the United States Congress regarding universal suffrage.It says that all people should be able to vote regardless of race.It has been said that this may hold the North accountable to universal suffrage in addition to the South.

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The Good Faith of Congress. --Senator Frelinghuysen, of New Jersey, adds his voice to that of Senator Wilson and others who declare that the reconstruction act of the last Congress will be a finality if it is accepted by the South. He says the faith of the nation is pledged to the readmission of the southern States to the Union, and of their representatives to Congress, upon their compliance with the terms of this law. The voice of the people on this subject is nearly unanimous. The attempts of Mr. Stevens and others to throw doubt upon it, and to insist upon other and more stringent terms, meet with very little success at the North. The only mischief they are doing is in the southern States, where extreme men are trying to prevent practical reconstruction by holding up this bugbear to the southern people. In some localities they are quoting the declarations of Mr. Stevens with some effect, but we do not believe they will seriously check the work of reorganization which is now going on with gratifying prospects of complete success. Senator Frelinghuysen has also declared himself in favor of an amendment to the Constitution of the United States declaring that no State shall have power to deprive any citizen of the right of suffrage on account of color or race. He thinks that in this way universal suffrage may be secured to the colored race in the North, as it has been in the South. -- New York Times.
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“The Good Faith of Congress,” Reconstructing Virginia, accessed January 17, 2022, https://reconstructingvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/603.