THE NEW CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, AS REVISED BY THE CONVENTION OF DELEGATES, ASSEMBLED IN NASHVILLE, JANUARY 10, 1870. [bound with] ACTS OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, PASSED BY THE SECOND SESSION OF THE THIRTY-SIXTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY. FOR THE YEARS 1869-70.

Nashville: Jones, Purvis & Co. Printers to the State, 1870. xxxii, 238pp. Later cloth, morocco spine titles, old bookplate on front pastedown. Occasional foxing. Except as noted, Very Good.

The 1870 Constitution expressly guaranteed citizens "a right to keep and to bear arms for their common defense. But the Legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms with a view to prevent crime." The Constitution prohibited Slavery, "except as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted." This was a loophole that provided a path to forced labor on chain gangs and the like.
All adult male citizens were entitled to vote, "except that each voter shall give satisfactory evidence that he has paid his poll taxes... without which his vote cannot be received." Intermarriage or cohabitation between whites and "negroes, mulattoes, or persons of mixed blood, descended from a negro to the third generation," were prohibited.
Allen 7050. Item #37686

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