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(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) DOUGLASS, FREDERICK. What the Black Man Wants [in] The Equality of all Men Claimed and Defended in Speeches by Hon. William D. Kelley, Wendell Phillips and Frederick Douglass. (caption title). 44 pages. Tall 8vo, modern marbled paper-covered boards with morocco label up the spine Boston: Rand and Avery, 1865]
first edition, edited by george l. stearns. Includes Frederick Douglass's speech, "What the Black Man Wants." General Banks had instituted a labor policy in the South that clearly discriminated against the newly liberated blacks, saying that they needed to be "prepared" for their freedom. Douglass replied that the Negro didn't need preparation for freedom any more than the white man. "I have had but one idea for the last three years to present to the American people, and the phraseology in which I clothe it is the old abolition phraseology. I am for the 'immediate, unconditional, and universal enfranchisement of the black man, in every State in the Union.'" Loud applause. "Without this, his liberty is a mockery; without this, you might as well almost retain the old name of slavery for his condition; for in fact, if he is not the slave of the individual master, he is the slave of society, and holds his liberty as a privilege, not as a right. He is at the mercy of the mob, and has no means of protecting himself." Afro-Americana, 3502; Blockson, 2779.
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