80km of Brillant Biking
Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
19 August, 10:30am - 5pm
Fr Thomas Murphy SJ (Seattle University) will talk on Irish Immigrant Voters versus African American Voters: Democratic and Republican Schemes to Dominate American Politics following the US Civil War.
The conclusion of the US Civil War in 1865 instigated one of the great efforts in American history to broaden the right to vote. President Abraham Lincoln proposed limited suffrage for African American men days before his assassination. Republicans in Congress carried Lincoln’s idea much farther and proposed universal suffrage for African American males. Democrats responded to this move by increasing their efforts to enfranchise as many Irish American immigrants as possible.