U.S. At War: Revolution from Above

Amid the hue & cry of Congressional debate, a political revolution of at least minor importance was about to be enacted this week. Ready for final passage was the soldiers' vote bill. And though Southern Senators might weep and States' rights theorists tear their hair, the bill suspended poll taxes for the duration of the war, as far as soldiers and sailors are concerned.

Already in the hopper was another bill, by Florida's stanch New Deal Senator Claude Pepper, to outlaw poll taxes altogether.

Poll taxes were originally a great forward-looking democratic experiment,...

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