The 15th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was ratified on February 3, 1870. This editorial, published two weeks later, exposes the racism that was directed toward formerly enslaved men as they prepared to exercise their voting rights.
Simultaneously, the Deseret News declared, “We are a decided advocate of the rights of women.” Editors commented on the connection between suffrage and polygamy, noting that critics, “while mourning and sighing over the ‘degradation’ of the ladies of Utah, have suggested a plan for their emancipation from all ‘thraldom,’ polygamy included, and that remedy is the suffrage.” However, in the editors’ view, should polygamy’s “continuance or abolition be put to the vote of the female portion of our population to-day it would be sustained by a nine-tenths majority.”
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