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Re: Who were Free People of Color?
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I think on should use the grandfather clause, 1939, to determine if they are a descendant of a Free Person.
If the veterans were qualified to vote prior to 1866, their descendants were also qualified. Thus, in effect, if a person's grandfather could vote, he could vote without further restrictions.
If your grandfather was a slave, than you are a descendant of a slave. If your grandfather obtained his freedom, you are still a descendant of a slave.
If your grandfather was a free born person, than you are a descendant of a a free born person.
By the way, the grandfather clause was the last major issue that the court got into which touched slavery, the issue of voting.
Harrison Thomas LaTour
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