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The First Vote

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The First Vote
Waud, A.R.

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The cover illustration from the November 11, 1867 issue of Harpers Weekly depicts freedmen voting in the South.

"The freedmen are marching to the ballot-box to deposit their first vote, not with expressions of exultation or of defiance of their former masters and present opponents depicted on their countenances, but looking serious and solemn and determined," noted Harpers. "The good sense and discretion, and above all the modesty, which the freedmen have displayed in the exercise, for the first time, of the great privilege which has been bestowed upon them, and the vast power which accompanies the privilege, have been most noticeable."