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Living in Infamy: Felon Disfranchisement and the History of American Citizenship

Pippa Holloway


Felon disfranchisement laws were revised after 1865 to target African Americans newly freed and enfranchised by the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments. These laws were among the earliest methods to disfranchise African Americans, and they helped restore the Democratic Party to dominance in the region. Furthermore, an association with criminality justified the disfranchisement of the whole race. The legal tradition of infamy connected one's social, legal, and political status. The historical similarities between the legal status of convicts and slaves made extending infamy to the black popula ... More

Keywords: felon disfranchisement, felony disfranchisement, infamy, voting rights, citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199976089
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199976089.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pippa Holloway, author
Middle Tennessee State University