The “purity of the ballot” language dates to at least the 1890s
Texas had dozens of JIM CROW laws (something Briscoe certainly knows)
He certainly understood the significance of the amendment dates
I already mentioned the poll tax above , but Texas also had this
“ 1889: Railroads [Statute] Railroad companies required to maintain separate coaches for white and colored passengers, equal in comfort. Penalty: Passengers refusing to sit where assigned were guilty of a misdemeanor, and could be fined between $5 and $20.
1891: Railroads [Statute] Separate coach laws strengthened. Separate coaches for white and Negro passengers to be equal in all points of comfort and convenience. Designed by signage posted in a conspicuous place in each compartment. Trains allowed to carry chair cars or sleeping cars for the exclusive use of either race. Law did not apply to streetcars. Penalty: Conductors who failed to enforce law faced misdemeanor charge punish able by a fine from $5 to $25. The railroad company could be fined from $100 to $1,000 for each trip. Passengers who refused to sit in designated areas faced fines from $5 to $25.”
WHY WOULD THAT RAILROAD LANGUAGE MATTER?
Louisiana had a similar statute
Mr Plessy challenged it
That may mean nothing to you, BUT presume Briscoe is well aware of the significance IN THE CONTEXT OF CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
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