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Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) U. S. Grant and the colored people

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08950 Author/Creator: Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Pamphlet Date: 17 July 1872 Pagination: 8 p. ; 25.5 x 16 cm.

Summary of Content: Urging black voters to re-elect President Grant. Subtitled "His wise, just practical, and effective friendship thoroughly vindicated by incontestable facts in his record from 1862-1872." Addressed "To the Colored People of the United States." Defends Grant as a friend of African Americans and cataloges the ways in which he has helped the black race. Two months prior to this letter Douglass declined Victoria Woodhull's offer to run as her Vice-President on the Equal Rights Party ticket.

People: Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: African American AuthorAfrican American HistoryPresidentPoliticsGovernment and CivicsElection

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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