Civil Rights Mass-Meeting
DOUGLASS, Frederick. Proceedingd of the Civil RIghts Mass-Meeting. Held at Lincoln Hall, October 22, 1883. Speeches of Hon. Frederick Douglass and Robert G. Ingersoll. Washington, D.C.: C.P. Farrell , 1883.
First edition. Octavo (8 15/16 x 5 3/4 inches; 227 x 145 mm). [1]-53, [3, blank] pp. With small errata slip bound at the front. We could only find one other copy at auction in the last 40 years. Containing the important and impassionate speeches of Frederick Douglass and Robert Ingersoll after the ruling by the Supreme Court that Civil Rights Act of 1875 was unconstitutional.

Self-wrapped in original light brown printed wrappers. Held together by two staples along left margin. Front wrapper nearly detached but holding. Lacking wrapper spine. Wrappers chipped and flaking, but not affecting any printed text. Some minor spotting and sunning to covers, and minor toning to leaves. Overall a very good copy.

"On October 15, 1883, the Supreme Court issued a single ruling on five cases involving civil rights protections that had been brought to it from a range of state courts. With one sweeping decision, the Court declared the Civil Rights Act of 1875 unconstitutional. This action alarmed African American citizens, and within a week black leaders had organized a “Civil Rights Mass-Meeting” at Lincoln Hall in Washington, DC. Frederick Douglass addressed the meeting on October 22, deploring and critiquing the decision." (Teaching America History). Robert G. Ingersoll also addressed the issue. Ingersoll was the Illinois attorney general from 1867-1869. room.

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