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"What's this voting?" the bewildered Negroes asked. "Where this voting is? You done bought the voting? How many them voting you find along down by the white folk? How big them are? How many?"
When Gideon Jackson told them, the freedmen of Carwell Plantation said "Hallelujah," and relaxed their fears of this first mysterious repercussion of freedom. But the fright in the giant frame of Gideon was greater than it had ever been in battle. The Voting had made him a delegate.
When the South...