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Speaker or author: Langston, John Mercer, 1829-1897.

Newspaper or publication: Elevator

Impassioned speech in which the speaker emphasized that along with freedom, African Americans were entitled to all the privileges of citizenship including suffrage, legal, social and political rights. Denying a citizen these rights on the basis of color was illogical, irrational, and uncivilized.

Description of file(s): PDF 10 page, 2,101 word document (text and images)

Date published: 1865-10-25

Subjects: Abolitionists--United States; African American abolitionists; Antislavery movements--United States; Slavery; United States--History--19th century

Keywords: black laws; citizenship; Civil rights; Congress; Constitution; Constitution; court; Declaration of Independence; education; emancipation; government; law; legal equality; legislation; mulattoes; Ohio; political rights; politics; prejudice; suffrage; vote

Publication type: Newspapers; Speeches

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