Monday, November 03, 2008

1st Vote for African Americans

African Americans gained the right to vote shortly after the Civil War

CREDIT: Waud, Alfred R. (Alfred Rudolph). "The First Vote." Nov. 16, 1867, from Harper's Weekly. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

Never in human history did men so belie their own professions as did our forefathers when they set up, what they claimed to be, a free government and then made constitutional provision for the enslavement of a portion of the people.

From the pamphlet: "A constitutional defense of the Negro: by Algernon Sidney Crapsey; delivered at a mass meeting of citizens in the Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, Washington, D.C., December 15, 1901."

llustration shows a queue of African American men, the first, dressed as a laborer, casting his vote, the second is dressed as a businessman, the third is wearing a Union army uniform, and the fourth appears to be dressed as a farmer.

1st vote for African Americans

African Americans vote

African Americans gained the right to vote

This image (or other media file) is in the public domain because its copyright has expired. This applies to the United States, where Works published prior to 1978 were copyright protected for a maximum of 75 years. See Circular 1 "COPYRIGHT BASICS" PDF from the U.S. Copyright Office.

Works published before 1923 are now in the public domain and also in countries that figure copyright from the date of death of the artist (post mortem auctoris), in this case Alfred Rudolph Waud (October 2, 1828 - April 6, 1891), and that most commonly run for a period of 50 to 70 years from that date.

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