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Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) to Robert Adams

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04997 Author/Creator: Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 December 1888 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: He is disturbed over the "clamour raised for the disfranchisement of the colored voters of the South." Written on letterhead from Cedar Hill, Douglass's Washington, D.C. home.

People: Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895.

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: Jim Crow, Suffrage, Reconstruction, African American History, Civil Rights, Government and Civics

Sub Era: The Gilded Age