Black Abolitionist Archive
Subtitle: New-York Petitions to the Legislature.
Speaker or author: editor
Newspaper or publication: Colored American (1837 - 1842)
The editor explains a petition that was sent to the New York state government requesting an end to limited civil rights for free African Americans. The petition included a request for trial by jury, a repeal of the law authorizing slavery, and a restoration of voting rights. He notes that before 1821, free black men were allowed to vote and that this freedom has now been taken from them without just cause.
Description of file(s): one scanned, one columned, newspaper page
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