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Grandfather clause

Grandfather clause, legal device in Southern states to deny blacks the right to vote by giving it to males with high literacy and property qualifications or to those whose fathers and grandfathers had been qualified to vote on Jan. 1, 1867 (before the 15th Amendment). First used in South Carolina in 1895, it was declared unconstitutional in 1915.

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