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National Convention at New Orleans, LA
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6. Having been by solemn legislation of the American Congress raised to the dignity of citizenship, we appeal to law-abidibg people of the States, and especially to those who in the days of the fugitive slave law exhorted obedience to statutes, however offensive, to protect and defend us in the enjoyment of our just rights and privileges upon all conveyances which are common carriers, at all resorts of public amusements, where tastes are cultivated and manhood is quickened, and in all places of public character or corporate associations which owe their existence to the legislation of the nation on States against the spirit of slavery, which attempt to degrade our standard of intelligence and virtue by force our refined? ladies and gentlemen into smoking cars?, amid obscenity an vulgarity; which humiliates our pride; by denying the first class accommodations on steamboats, and compelling us to eat and sleep with servants, for which we are charged the same as those who have the best accommodations, and which closes the door to hotels against faminishing? colored persons, however wealthy, intelligent or respectable they may be, while all other public places and convevances welcome and entertain all white person, whatever may be their character, who may apply. Now, in view of this disgraceful inconsistency, this affectation of prejudice, this rebellion against the laws of God humanity and the nation, we appeal to the justice of the American people to protect us in our civil rights in public places and upon public conveyances, which are readily accorded, and very justly, to the most degraded specimens of our white fellow-citizens.
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