Feb 26, 2009 - Sale 2171

Sale 2171 - Lot 80

Price Realized: $ 390
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION--RECONSTRUCTION.) FARROW, HENRY P. The Injustice of Poll Taxes. To the Members of the Constitutional Convention. Broadside, 16x10 inches; some very slight foxing; creases where folded. [Atlanta, 1868]

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Henry P[atillo] Farrow (1834-1907) was the Attorney General of Georgia from 1862-1872. He was a friend to the ex-slaves, and fought against the poll tax as being unconstitutional. "A poll, or per capita tax, is not upon property, is not upon a profession, a trade or a business; but is a tax upon a man''s inalienable rights--''life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.''" The poll tax, one of many Reconstruction measures adapted to take the vote from blacks and poor whites, was ostensibly to help pay for education. Farrow indicated that the enforcement of the poll tax would disenfranchise any who were not able to pay it, which was of course the point.