Rights of Colored Men to Suffrage, Citizenship and Trial by Jury (Classic Reprint)by William Yates
The object of this book is to call to mind, from the records of the past, some of many testimonies to be found of the rights and services of colored men. The exclusion of this class from social intercourse, throws them into the shade. Comparatively, they are withdrawn from
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The object of this book is to call to mind, from the records of the past, some of many testimonies to be found of the rights and services of colored men. The exclusion of this class from social intercourse, throws them into the shade. Comparatively, they are withdrawn from general observation; and this circumstance, of itself, tends to a forgetfulness of their claims. It is a fact, that in proportion as the services they have rendered the country have faded from the memory, so it seems a callousness of feeling towards them has increased.
It is not with the present generation of men, as with the generation who preceded it. Then, when the country had just emerged from the revolutionary struggle - when the services and sufferings of men of color were fresh in the memory - then, as says one who participated in the conflict - "The war over and peace restored, these men returned to their respective States and homes; and who could have said to them, on their returning to civil life, after having shed their blood in common with the whites, for the liberties of the country - 'You are not to participate in the rights or liberty for which you have been fighting!' Certainly no white man." But it is not so now; as is painfully evinced by the successive disfranchisements with which they have been visited, in the constitutions of New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, and by the recent vote of the Reform Convention of Pennsylvania.
History of Services - Materials.
It is to be regretted that effectual efforts were not made at an early day to furnish a history of the services of men of color. Even if it had been a collection of facts and testimonies merely, similar to the present attempt, it would have been a work of interest. Then the materials were more abundant - a greater number than at present were living, who were witnesses of their services; then the task would have been comparatively easy; but even as it is, the subject is a rich one. The present work does not exhaust it; it scarcely more than opens the way; other sources of information exist, which the compiler has not had access to; these should be explored and their hidden treasures brought to light. The records of the pension department at Washington, if examined with this view, would doubtless disclose important facts; and it may be, that, from private letters and correspondence of gentlemen who at an early period took an interest in the abolition of slavery, which may yet be preserved, much valuable information and testimony might be gleaned; and so, doubtless, there are other sources.
The condition of the slave - all that relates to him - the multiplied wrongs he is subject to - the sundering of domestic ties - his scourgings - unrequited toil - mental and moral deprivations - and even his food and sleep; all have been examined and re-examined with minutest care. But the kindred duty we owe to the freeman of color - has it been discharged with equal fidelity?
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