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Delaware State Legislature, Resolutions in Reaction to the District of Columbia Franchise Bill, Dover, Delaware, January 22, 1866

Delaware State House, Dover, Delaware, 1861, artist's impression

A federal bill was making its way through the United States Congress to ensure the voting rights of African-Americans in the District of Columbia and all other federal territories.  The Democratic controlled Delaware legislature reacted at its first session of 1866 with the resolutions below that asserted its views on white supremacy in clear and succinct terms.  The resolutions were carried through both houses, with the Republican minority voting in the negative.  The bill in question became law on December 13, 1866.  (By John Osborne)

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