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1876-1877

Expert witness historian Dr. Vernon Burton submitted evidence into the record that when NC first adopted felon disenfranchisement into the NC constitution in 1876, with implementing legislation in 1877, it was done so with the express purpose of neutering the gains of Radical Reconstruction (1865-1877), particularly the advances of the 15th amendment which gave Black men the right to vote.

Conservative-Democrats ratified North Carolina’s felon disenfranchisement constitutional amendment which expanded the crimes for which people could be disenfranchised to include ALL felonies, not just infamous crimes.

 

 

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