Truth-Telling: Frances Willard and Ida B. Wells

The Force Bill

The "Force bill" refers to a law that was then under consideration in the U.S. Congress. It would have allowed the federal government to supervise elections in the Southern states. The goal was to protect black voting rights. Southern Democratic opponents of the bill argued that it interfered with states' rights to manage elections and that it was unacceptable overreach by the federal government.

Contents of this annotation: