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Vagabond Voters and Racial Suffrage in Jacksonian-Era Pennsylvania

Vagabond Voters and Racial Suffrage in Jacksonian-Era Pennsylvania <p>Abstract:</p><p>Pennsylvania eliminated black suffrage during its constitutional convention of 1837-1838. Although racism was a motivating force, white supremacists also reacted against the flood of so-called vagabond voters: migrants and transients unleashed by the economic changes of the Jacksonian era. Transient voters who had to move to find work became more typical in this period of expanding white suffrage. Bias against immigrants—including native-born men from other states—thus merged with hatred of African Americans as concerns for Democrats, as racial exclusion became one of the means by which to handle a constellation of elements that were viewed as having the potential to create disorder in power arrangements.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Vagabond Voters and Racial Suffrage in Jacksonian-Era Pennsylvania

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 9 (4) – Dec 5, 2019

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University of North Carolina Press
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Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p>Pennsylvania eliminated black suffrage during its constitutional convention of 1837-1838. Although racism was a motivating force, white supremacists also reacted against the flood of so-called vagabond voters: migrants and transients unleashed by the economic changes of the Jacksonian era. Transient voters who had to move to find work became more typical in this period of expanding white suffrage. Bias against immigrants—including native-born men from other states—thus merged with hatred of African Americans as concerns for Democrats, as racial exclusion became one of the means by which to handle a constellation of elements that were viewed as having the potential to create disorder in power arrangements.</p>

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Dec 5, 2019

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