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Record of action of the convention held at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., July 15th and 16th, 1863, for the purpose of facilitating the introduction of colored troops into the service of the United States.
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5. Resolved, That the twaddle about the "unconstitutionality of the means" resorted to, and depended on to wipe out this Rebellion and the Rebels, is on a par with that of the footpad who, when worsted by his intended victim, exclaimed, "Oh! you've kicked in a tender spot, hit below the belt, knocking the wind clean out of me, which you know isn't fair!"
6. Resolved, That no man is fit for liberty who unwilling or afraid to fight for it, if need be, to the bitter end; and that colored men, as well as others, have, by nature, certain inalienable rights, among which is that of fighting for the land that gave them birth, for the banner that floats over us, for our wives and little ones, and for the freedom of the generations that shall succeed us.
7. Resolved, That we stand at the door of the dawn; that the spirit of Liberty is abroad in the land; that her benignant eye is fixed upon the four million blacks of this country, and that her flight is toward them!
8. Resolved, That the soldiers of the Union armies are not contending for a party, nor for the spoils of war, but Empire - for universal Human Right and Liberty - to maintain intact the heritage bequeathed to the ages by the men of '76: to make this continent in very truth the same refuge for the oppressed of all lands in spite of caste, complexional differences, wealth, poverty, sect or creed. And, as the Nation in this perilous hour of her existence, calls for our aid, it is our duty to grandly give it, and that immediately.
9. Resolved, That Liberty is more than the golden vision of the poet; more than the creeds of scholasts and dogmatists; more than the dream of the enthusiast; more than the plaything of tyrants and knaves; and our charter to its possession Time has not annulled, Force has not
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