[Baltimore? 1864]. Broadside ticket, 2-3/8" x 4-1/4". Lady Liberty holds the scales of justice in one hand, and a sword in the other. Very Good.
The Constitution of 1864, adopted in an extremely close vote, abolished Slavery and thus responded to President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which had no effect in the Loyal State of Maryland. Maryland's Constitution of 1855 had barred the Legislature from passing any law "abolishing the relation of master or slave, as it now exists in this State."
Although Maryland had many Confederate sympathizers, in 1864 anti-slavery Unionists controlled the State. Under their watchful eye, the 1864 Constitution abolished slavery, disenfranchised citizens who had supported the Confederacy, required electors to take an oath of loyalty to the Union, and reapportioned the legislature to diminish the power of slaveholding districts. However, only white males were eligible for the suffrage. Item #35351