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Eliot, William Greenleaf (1811-1887) to Charles Sumner

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07202.06 Author/Creator: Eliot, William Greenleaf (1811-1887) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph note signed Date: circa 1872 Pagination: 1 p. ; 20.4 x 12.7 cm.

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Summary of Content: Eliot, a social activist and clergyman, writes to Sumner, a United States Senator from Massachusetts (recipient inferred from collection). Encloses newspaper clippings asserting they prove the necessity of a civil rights bill. The first clipping, attached to the note, relates that Frederick Douglass was recently denied service at the Planters' House, a St. Louis, Missouri inn. The article notes, "This is the first difficulty of the kind he has received on his present lecture trip, and it is a shameful reflection on St. Louis' hospitality..." The other clipping offers a similar version of the story, suggesting that Douglass should have been given a private room, "where he could have taken his meals, if prejudice did not prevent him to enter the public dining room."

Background Information:

Full Transcript: Dear Sir. The inclosed shows the necessity of civil-ization, if not of a Civil-rights bill. Yr truly W.G. Eliot

People: Eliot, William Greenleaf, 1811-1887
Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874
Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: SegregationAfrican American HistoryCongressAmerican StatesmenJim Crow

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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