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Slavery in Cuba. A Report of the Proceedings of the Meeting, Held at the Cooper Institute. New York City, December 13, 1872.
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fixing his wages at a minimum rate, in most, I may venture to say, in every case, far below the average which is paid in the most expensive country.
A negro who has been a slave, and who has obtained his papers, is permitted to act as any other free person. The emancipado, who never knew an owner, cannot unfortunately, do anything to free himself, and yet he is better entitled to freedom, and is certainly quite as fit tot take care of himself as the former slave.
No matter the point we start from, or the way we look at the subject, the unjust and shameful condition of the emancipation stares as in the face, and the Spanish Government cannot put forward any tangible or honest reason for keeping him in an indefinite state of servitude.
As regards the use of the lash, I beg to observe that, although it is abolished by law, and although the reports received by the Captain-General may incline him to believe that the law is complied with, the information which reaches me from time to time leads to very different conclusion.
England, true to the spirit which she has inhibited from the immortal Clarkson and Wilberforee?-- names which, together with Garrison, Phillips, Sumner, Greeley and Smith, of our own country (applause, shall ever be especially revered and admired by all the friends of freedom-- has pursued this question with energy and an earnestness becoming s great a nation. She invites the cooperation of our government in securing to the five hundred thousand of our enslaved brethren the blessing of freedom and a Christian civilization. Let us hope that our government, which is also paid particular attention to this question, will not turn a deaf ear to the petition of the five millions of her citizens, who have so lately experienced the degradation and civil effects of slavery. (Applause.)
On motion, the resolutions were adopted, the audience envincing? their sympathy by prolonged cheering.
EXTRACT OF THE SPEECH OF REV. HIGHLAND GARNET, D.D.?
Mr. Chairman: IN the invitation that I received to attend this meeting, and take part in its proceedings, I recognize the call of liberty, and the groans of five hundred thousand of our enslaved-fellow-men. we who have passed through the terrible ordeal of the struggle for freedom and equal rights which in 1861 brought the two divisions of our country into deadly conflict, and culminated in the complete
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