Wednesday, April 20, 2011

On April 20

On this day in ...
... 1871 (140 years ago today), the 41st Congress passed a Civil Rights Act also known as the Ku Klux Klan Act, the Force Act, or the Enforcement Act. Following on a 1st statute passed the previous year, this Act authorized federal control over all elections, in the North as well as the South. (credit for image, courtesy of Digital Library of Georgia, of men voting during Reconstruction era) U.S. judges were permitted to appoint election supervisors as needed, and U.S. Marshals to deputize persons for the maintenance of order at polling places.

(Prior April 20 posts are here, here, and here, and here.)

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