In November 2018, voters in Florida voted overwhelmingly to restore voting rights to citizens with criminal records. In Spring 2019, the Republican-controlled state legislature moved aggressively to subvert the intent of that referendum. This was only the most recent fight over whether those convicted of crimes should be barred from voting. But as historian Pippa Holloway explains, this debate stretches all the way back to the Civil-War era and is inextricably bound up with attempts to control African American voting. Disfranchised voters are another of slavery's long shadows cast on American politics.

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