Button, Abolish Poll Tax: 100% Democracy, circa 1940

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 1940

Subject Date

circa 1940

Place of Creation

United States 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2005.9.8

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the Vutetakis Family

Material

Metal
Paint (Coating)

Dimensions

Diameter: 0.75 in

Inscriptions

front: ABOLISH POLL TAX / 100% DEMOCRACY

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