Collection: The Civil War
Publication: THE VINCENNES WEEKLY WESTERN SUN
Date: November 9, 1867
Title: The Florida Fraud.
Location: VINCENNES, INDIANA

The State authorities of Florida have lately been engaged in taking a census, and twenty-nine counties have been reported to the Secretary of State. They give:

 

Ten counties remain to be heard from, in which, in 1860, there were:

 

So much for the census. How do we find the registration. All the counties save one have been heard from, and the registration stands— whites, 10,804; blacks, 15,234, negro majority 4,430.

In other words, a white majority of male population not less than 8,642 is extinguished, and a negro majority of 4,430 is substituted. These returns evidence a very large white disfranchisement, and they show, moreover, that no obstacle was presented to the registration of ever negro lad who was facile in swearing to his age, a point on which some years ago none of the race could give a precise answer. The total negro population is shown by the census of 1860 and the State census to be about 66,000, and the negro vote shows a ratio of nearly one to four of the population a proportion entirely without precedent, and an unmistakable proof of fraud.



 







 

 

 

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