Black Suffrage in Federalist America

In 1790, free black men could vote on equal terms with whites in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and North Carolina. Free black men were enfranchised in the new states of Kentucky in 1792 and Tennessee in 1796, although the right was removed in Kentucky in 1798 and in Tennessee in 1834.

From Alexander Keyssar’s, The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States.

(Noted in The Rise of American Democracy: Jeffreson to Lincoln by Sean Wilentz.)

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