Cartoon Showing President Johnson's Attitude to the Black Vote
In this cartoon from "Harper's Weekly," a black man places his vote while President Andrew Johnson looks on, scowling. Johnson carries a scroll labeled "Suffrage Veto." Beside him stands a man with a hat labeled "Ex-CSA," (Confederate States of America). The cartoon refers to the Reconstruction Act, and other supplementary acts, of 1867 which divided most of the south into five military districts. The acts stated that freed male slaves would be able to vote in elections. President Johnson vetoed the bill immediately, but Congress was able to re-pass the bill on the same day.
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