Louisiana. Constitutional Convention (1864) | Tulane University Special Collections

Name: Louisiana. Constitutional Convention (1864)

Historical Note: The Louisiana Constitutional Convention of 1864 abolished slavery and disposed of Louisiana's old order of rule by planters and merchants, but it did not give African Americans the right to vote. Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 did not apply to Union-held territory. Therefore, slavery continued in the thirteen Louisiana parishes under Union control. The new constitution, did, however, authorize the state legislature to extend voting rights to black men who fought for the Union, owned property, or were literate. The Committee on Emancipation was chaired by Maximilian Ferdinand Bonzano.
Sources: Manuscripts Collection M-451
Note Author: LAC Group

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