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National Convention at New Orleans, LA

1872LA-National-reports-page61.pdf

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not to arrogate a superiority they do not possess. The very fact, said Mr. Martin, that unfriendly journals were throwing obstructions in the way of the development of negro intelligence and a full recognition of their rights, proves that they are fearful, if we are given an equal opportunity with others, we may contradict, by the progress we make, their assertions of negro inferiority. In consideration of this fact, and to place the colored people of this country right in the eyes of the world, he would ask that this convention disavow the charge made by the German Gazette, to wit: That this convention desires to build up a negro party in this country. Mr. Clarke, of Ohio, followed in the same strain, deprecating the idea that any such motive should be imputed to the convention as a body.

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