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Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) Address by Hon. Frederick Douglass, delivered in the Congregational Church, Washington, D.C., April 16, 1883 : on the twenty-first anniversary of emancipation, in the District of Columbia.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06116 Author/Creator: Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Pamphlet Date: 16 April 1883 Pagination: 1 v. : 16 p. ; 23.7 x 14.8 cm.

"What Abraham Lincoln said in respect of the United States is as true of the colored people as of the relations of those States. They cannot remain half slave and half free. You must give them all or take from them all. Until this half-and-half condition is ended, there will be just ground of complaint... Until the colored man's pathway to the American ballot box, North and South, shall be as smooth and safe as the same is for the white citizen, this discussion will go on..." Bound in a light blue cover.

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