called disenfranchisement) is the revocation of the right of suffrage. African
American males voted in Virginia for the first time in October 1867, during Reconstruction
(1865–1877), when the military governor of the state, John M. Schofield, ordered a referendum on
whether to hold a convention to write a new state constitution and to elect
delegates to serve in the convention. A majority of white Virginians disapproved
of the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in
187. . .
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