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National Convention at New Orleans, LA

1872LA-National-reports-page67.pdf

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Mr. Pinchback believed that if any member of Congress had failed to do his duty in speaking and voting for the supplementary civil rights bill of Mr. Sumner, he was responsible for such conduct, and would be held responsible when the time come by the colored voters of this State. Mr. Pinchback spoke at length, showing that nothing was to be gained by a timorous course. He went into a history of the condition of the colored people of the South in 1865. He said he was in Alabama in that year, and was cognizant of some of the outrages that were then perpetrated on colored men by Union soldiers disguised in rebel uniforms. Colored men were frequently attacked, beat and robbed in the streets of Mobile, and they were actually afraid to make their grievance known. He remonstrated against their quietly submitting to such treatment, and at least succeeded in getting them to hold a meeting to protect against the

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