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Sowing the Wind: The Mississippi Constitutional Convention of 1890

Dorothy Overstreet Pratt


This book examines the Mississippi Constitutional Convention of 1890 and argues that it became the crucible of change in the state, creating a cultural shift from a society based on class to one based on race, though both remained important in the culture. State leaders called the convention to address the threat from outside the state – the Lodge Elections Bill – as well as the rising violence within the state. The convention delegates created layers of qualifiers for voting: payment of the poll tax, literacy, the Understanding Clause, no felony convictions, and lengthy residency requirements ... More

Keywords: Mississippi, Lodge Elections Bill, Understanding Clause, Williams v Mississippi, 1890 Constitution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781496815460
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496815460.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dorothy Overstreet Pratt, author