Disnefranchisement & Illegal Voting

In New York in the second decade of the nineteenth century the Republican-dominated legislature took away the franchise of free blacks who had long possessed it, partly because they were black and partly because they had tended to vote for Federalists. The New York Federalists naturally had favored property qualifications for voting and did not oppose voting by blacks who could meet the property qualification. By contrast, the Republicans favored equal rights and universal manhood suffrage, but precisely for that reason could not tolerate blacks voting as equals with whites. At the same time as the New York Jeffersonian Republicans were denying the franchise to longtime black voters, they promoted illegal voting by Irish immigrants who were not yet citizens, knowing that such recent immigrants would vote for the Democratic-Republicans. Such were the strange and perverse consequences of republican equality and democracy.75

Wood, Gordon S. (2009). Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (Oxford History of the United States) (Kindle Locations 9882-9888).

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