Monday, June 06, 2011

Today -100: June 6, 1911: Of Jews in the cavalry and negroes in Maryland

Maryland recently introduced various measures to disfranchise negroes in local elections, including property qualifications and a grandfather clause. These were ruled unconstitutional by the federal district court. The state is appealing, but the new three-day registration period began today, and there are no registers (registrars) willing to do the work, since whatever they do they would find themselves either violating the US constitution or committing an infraction under the state law, which penalizes registers who register more than 6 negroes.

President Taft orders that Col. Joseph Garrard, commander of the cavalry post at Fort Myer, be reprimanded for opposing the promotion of a private because he is Jewish.

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