Equal Political Rights

August 4, 1865

Here is an extract “from the able and well-reasoned Address of the Republican State Committee to the People of Massachusetts”. The closing paragraph includes: “..we are confident that a wise and humane policy will do what can be done in the future to protect the colored loyalists from the spirit of hatred and oppression…..”   the statement goes on to comment on “the necessity of doing justice to this people, and of placing in their hands the power to protect themselves, to secure their own rights, and redress their own wrongs. To this complexion must it come at last….”

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