The equality of all men before the law claimed and defended in speeches by Hon. William D. Kelley, Wendell Phillips, and Frederick Douglass, and letters from Elizur Wright and Wm. Heighton

Boston: press of Geo. C. Rand & Avery, 3 Cornhill, 1865. First edition, 8vo, pp. 43, [1]; wrappers wanting; very good. Edited by George Stearns with a printed cover letter dated April 17, 1865 - 2 days after Lincoln's assassination - stating that he is "distributing 10,000 copies to antislavery men in all Free States; but, desiring to increase the number to 100,000 or more, invite you to aid in its circulation..." Douglass's speech, "What the Black Man Wants," delivered before the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, was clear in its aims: the right to vote and the opportunity for self-determination. "I am for the 'immediate, unconditional, and universal' enfranchisement of the black man in every state of the Union." This speech, given shortly before the end of the war and Lincoln's assassination, came at a critical point in Douglass's career. The themes were continued in a speech to the American Anti-Slavery Society in May of 1865. Also contains the speech of Hon. William D. Kelley, January 16, 1865; "The Immediate Issue," a speech of Wendell Phillips at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society at Boston; "Suffrage for the Blacks Sound Political Economy: shown in a letter to the "Boston Daily Advertiser", by Elizur Wright; and "Reconstruction: a letter from William Heighton to George L. Stearns." Afro-Americana 3502; Blockason 2779; Sabin 22713. Item #56235

Price: $850.00

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