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Proceedings of the National Emigration Convention of Colored People Held at Cleveland, Ohio, On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, The 24th, 25th, and 26th of August, 1854

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settlement among them of this class of people; but placing ever confidence in the black and colored people of North America. The exa~nple of the unjust invasion and forcible izure of a large portion of the territory of Mexico, is still fresh in heir mem- ory; and the oppressive disfranchi emeut of large n mber of na- tive Mexicans, by the Americans cause of the color and race of the nativeswill continue to rankle .n the .boom of the people of those countries, and prove a sufficient barn r henceforth a~ainst the inroads of North American vhi.tes among th in. Upon the American continent, then7 we ae determine4 to rernain~ despite every opposition that may be urged against us. You will doubtless be askedand that, oo, vith an ir of seri.~ ousnesswhy, if desirable to remain on thi co tinent, not be con- tent to remain in the United States. The objections to thisami potent reasons, too, in our estimatio have already bee clearly shown. But notwithstanding all thi , were there till any rational, nay;. even the most futile grounds for hope, we still might be stupkf~ enough to be content to remain, and yet through another period of unexampled patience and suffering, continue meekly to drag the galling yoke and clank the chain of servility and degradation. But; whether or not in this, God is to be thanked and Heaven blessed, we are not permitted, despite our willingness and stupidity, to in- dulge even the most distant glimmer of hop of ataini g to the level of a well protected sla e. For years, we have been studiously and jealo sly observing the course of political events and policy, on the p v of this eouatry,~ both in a national and individual State capacity, a pursued towar the colored people. And he who, in the midst of them~ can live without observation, is either excusably ignorant, or reprehensibly deceptious and untrustworthy. We deem it entirely unnecessary to tax you with anything like the history of even one chapter of the unequalled infamies perpe- trated on the part of the various States, and national decrees, by legislation, against us. But we shall call your particular attention to the more recent acts of the United States; because whatever pri.. vileges we may enjoy in any individual State, will avail nothing, when not recognized as such by the United States. When the condition of the inhabitants of any country is fixed by legal grades ef distinction, this condition can never be changed ex

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