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National Convention at New Orleans, LA
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That white men professing strong Radical sentiments and elected to Congress by overwhelming majorities of colored voters were found voting against the supplementary civil rights bill in the Senate of the United States, we honor that manly exhibition of devotion to the principles of the Republican party which influenced the Hon. Schuyler Colfax, Vice President of the United States, to honor the cause of justice by recording his vote, as President of the senate, in favor of equality before the law, as indicted in the supplementary civil rights bill as it passed the Senate by virtue of the afores? casting vote.
The following is the report of the committee on platform and resolutions submitted by Governor Ransier, of South Carolina, which, together with the above additional clause passed unanimously:
Regretting the necessity which has called into existence a colored convention, and deeply sensible of the responsibilities which have been intrusted to our consideration, we hereby acknowledge our gratitude for past triumphs in behalf of equal rights, and respectfully submit our peculiar grievances to the immediate attention of the American people in the following platform and resolutions:
1. We thank God, the friends of universal liberty in this and other lands, the braves of colored soldiers, and the loyalty of the colored people for our emancipation, our citizenship, and our enfranchisement.
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