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Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) to unknown

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08992 Author/Creator: Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 November 1887 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses equality of treatment for blacks in the South. Pleased that black lawyers are now allowed to practice, and says it "implies a wonderful revolution in the public sentiment of the Southern States." However, worries because some teachers of black students are paid less and seem disinterested. In some states laws state education must be equal, but the written law is not his only concern. States "Our wrongs are not so much now written in laws which all may see - but the hidden practices of a people who have not yet, abandoned the idea of Mastery and dominion over their fellow man." Letter is written in answer to an enquiry about the equality of the races in the South. Written at Cedar Hill, Douglass' residence.

People: Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895.

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: Education Reform, Reconstruction, African American Author, African American History, Law, Education, Jim Crow

Sub Era: The Gilded Age