Button, "Abolish Poll Tax: 100% Democracy," circa 1950

Summary

By the late 1800s, most southern states had adopted poll taxes -- a way to keep blacks from voting. Several states still retained the law by 1950. The person who wore this button protested the injustice of paying to vote. Poll taxes were abolished with the passage of the 24th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution (1964) and subsequent court rulings (1966).

By the late 1800s, most southern states had adopted poll taxes -- a way to keep blacks from voting. Several states still retained the law by 1950. The person who wore this button protested the injustice of paying to vote. Poll taxes were abolished with the passage of the 24th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution (1964) and subsequent court rulings (1966).

Artifact

Button (Information artifact)

Date Made

circa 1950

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States 

With Liberty & Justice For All
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in With Liberty & Justice for All

Object ID

2004.94.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal
Paper (Fiber product)

Dimensions

Diameter: 0.875 in

Inscriptions

Obverse: ABOLISH POLL TAX / 100% DEMOCRACY

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