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Robert Elliott's speech in defense of the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871...



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April 02, 1871

THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 2, 1871 

* Robert B. Elliott - Negro politician
* Speech re. the Ku Klux Bill


The most notable item is found on the front page under the heading: "WASHINGTON - Continued Debate on the Shellabarger Bill in the House - Speech of Elliot, the Colored Member...", and more which includes a summary of his speech and a reaction of those in support of his arguments against those who resisted the act.
Note: The Act later became known as the Civil Rights Act of 1871 (aka, the Ku Klux Klan Bill of 1871), which aimed at firming up the enforcement and protections provided by the 14th Amendment. "Elliott" refers to the black American, Robert B. Elliot, Representative of South Carolina, who had given an impassioned speech before Congress the day prior.

Page 3 has an interesting article headed: "APRIL FOOLS' DAY", with subheading: "Origin of the Custom of Making April Fools - The Day in Europe and Here", followed by nearly 12 inches of text which provides multiple traditions. At minimum, it makes for interesting reading. Also present are: "South Carolina" (regarding a trip to Charleston), "Robinson Crusoe" (which gives a shout out to Daniel Defoe), "Spots on the Sun", and more. 
Other news and advertisements of the day are found throughout.

Complete with 8 pages, scattered foxing, a slightly rough left spine, but in overall nice condition.

Item from Catalog 340 (released for March, 2024)

Category: Post-Civil War