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State Colored Men's Convention

1873LA-State_New-Orleans_Report__1873-11-20_excerpt-3.pdf

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chairman on the committee on resolutions and business, presented the report, and called on the secretary, W. G. Brown, to read it.

The report presented the following resolutions as substitutes for those which had been referred to the committee:

WHEREAS, The extraordinary and unparalleled attempts made to cheat the colored men of their right to register and to vote at the late election, and the robbery of the ballots after they were cast, and the systematic misrepresentation and inflammatory appeals made to the white people, both of this State and the country, for the purpose of revolutionizing our Republican State government and obtaining the sympathy of the Northern people, and thereby to influence Congress to set aside an election in which the Republican party of the State had been successful and our interests protected have rendered it imperative that we assemble to convention and in constitutional and organized form petition Congress to sustain the Republican party and government in its hard earned victory.

Resolved, That the claim made by the Republican party of the State of Louisiana of a victory at the election on the fourth of November, 1872, for offices, State and federal, [[gronnded] upon the well established fact of a large majority of registered Republican voters in the State, and the abundant evidence of successful efforts by intimidation and fraud to prevent the free registration and casting of said votes in thousands of instances, and the abstraction of votes after having been cast and the substitution of others in their stead, and the altering of returns has been triumphantly sustained by primary evidence, showing that despite of fraud and intimidation a large majority of votes were case for the Republican candidates, thus proving the legal claims of the present government to its tenure of office, and vindicating the action of the federal executive in sustaining the authority of the same.

Resolved,That not only the efforts of the anti Republican political elements of the South to prevent the bestowal of citizenship upon the freedmen demanded the interposition of Congress through the constitutional amendments and reconstruction acts for the protection of said newly liberated race, but the persistent efforts of the same classes in the South, aided by recreant so-called Republicans, to prevent the colored citizen from exercising, with hindrance or dictation, his rights as a suffragan, as exhibited in his recent election in this state, furnish additional vindication of the necessity and wisdom of the reconstruction and similar congressional acts.

Resolved, That in behalf of ourselves and constituents, we declare our continued adherence to the national Republican party

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