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Report of the proceedings of the Colored National Convention held at Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday, September 6, 1848.

1848OH 11.pdf

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Frederick Douglass moved to amend the 33d Resolution, by saying that the word persons used in the resolution designating delegates, be understood to include woman. On the call for the previous question, the Resolution was not indefinitely postponed. Mr. Douglass' amendment was seconded and carried, with three cheers for woman's rights.

No. 34 was passed.

The whole of the 6th Resolution was referred to the next National Convention.

The National Central Committee appointed was—

Frederick Douglas, N. Y. Charles H. Langston, O.

J. Jones, Illinois, Henry Bibb, Michigan, J. G. Britton, Indiana, John Peck, Pennsylvania, George Day, Wisconsin, J.P. Hilton, Mass., Josiah Conville, New Jersey,

On inquiry, it was found that the Convention was composed of Printers, Carpenters, Blacksmiths, Shoemakers, Engineer, Dentist, Gunsmiths, Editors, Tailors, Merchants, Wheelrights, Painters, Farmers, Physicians, Plasterers, Masons, Students, Clergymen, Barbers and Hair Dressers, Laborers, Coopers, Livery Stable Keepers, Bath House Keepers, Grocery Keepers.

At 7 o'clock, the Convention adjourned sine die, with three cheers for Elevation-Liberty-Equality, and Fraternity.

Resolutions, &c., presented to the National Convention of Colored Freemen by the Business Committee.


Whereas, in the present position of the Colored people in the United States of North America, they, as a class, are known to the country and the intelligent world alone as menials and domestics or servants; and

Whereas, it is apparent, as the history of the world, both ancient and modern, will testify, that no people thus conditioned, from the Conventional order of society, can attain an equality with the dominate class; and

Whereas, an equality of persons cannot be claimed, where there is not an equality of attainments,--attainments establishing character, and character being that which is essentially necessary to make us equal to our white fellow-countrymen;--

Resolved, That the following Declaration of Principles we pledge ourselves to maintain and carry out among the colored people of the United States to the best of our ability.

1. Resolved, That we shall forever oppose every action, emanating from what source it may, whether civil, political, social or religious, in any manner derogatory to the universal equality of man.—Adopted.

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