All Subjects
      All Types

        Info

        Grades

        4-13+

        Accessibility

        Caption, Transcript

        Permitted Use

        Stream Only


        Part of Iowa Public Television
        2 Favorites
        101 Views

        Alexander Clark Fights for Voting Rights in Iowa

        Iowa’s first constitution of 1846 required blacks to pay a $500 bond to enter the state and barred them from voting, holding office, serving in the state militia, attending public schools and marrying whites. In this clip from the Lost in History: Alexander Clark documentary, historian David Broadnax explains how Alexander Clark participated in a campaign for voting rights in Iowa after the end of the Civil War. The campaign was successful and in 1868, Iowa became the first state outside of New England to grant African-American men the right to vote.

        Contributor: Iowa Public Television

        You must be logged in to use this feature

        Need an account?
        Register Now