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Frederick Douglass in The Atlantic Monthly

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THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, December, 1866 & January, 1867 (2 issue set)

* Frederick Douglass & Civil War reconstruction
* Appeal to Congress for Impartial Suffrage
* Urging for black Americans the right to vote

Pg. 121 of the December 1866 begins a 2 part speech of Frederick Douglass appealing to Congress for impartial suffrage.  Pg. 112 of the January issue picks up with 5 additional pages which includes: "The Principle of slavery, which they (The Founding Fathers) tolerated under the erroneous impression that it would soon die out, became at last the dominant principle and power at the South. It early mastered the Constitution, became superior to the Union, and enthroned itself above the law. Freedom of speech and of the press it slowly but successfully banished from the South, dictated its own code of honor and manners to the nation, brandished the bludgeon and the bowie knife over Congressional debate, sapped the foundations of loyalty, dried up the springs of patriotism, blotted out the testimonies of the fathers against oppression, padlocked the pulpit, expelled liberty from its literature, invented nonsensical theories about master-races and slave-races of men, and in due season, produced a Rebellion fierce, foul, and bloody" & "The destiny of unborn and unnumbered generations is in your hands. Will you repeat the mistake of your fathers, who sinned ignorantly?"
Complete issues in very good condition. See images for details.

Category: Pre-Civil War