The Force Bill' was a name commonly given to legislation designed to protect black voting rights through federal supervision of congressional elections. Republicans generally supported these bills, but the Democrats fiercely resisted them. An Alabama editor charged that those in the north who were in support of a Force Bill were merely out for the blood of the South.
In a moment of triumph, the Democrats were able to get the Force Bill set aside, and focused the legislature's energy to work on a financial bill. This effectively shelved the Force Bill on a national level. The Republicans were very angry, and charged the democrats with taking advantage of the absence of their members in passing the vote. Although the measure only passed 34-29, many Democrats were very pleased with the vote. For quite some time, the Democrats had been unsuccessful in their attempts to end the Force Bill's consideration.
Greenville Enterprise and Mountaineer, January 14, 1891.