a former law in some Southern states waiving electoral literacy requirements for
those whose forebears voted
before the Civil
War, thus keeping the franchise for illiterate whites
a clause in some legislation forbidding or regulating a certain activity, which exempts
engaged in it before the legislation was passed
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