The African’s Right to Citizenship
This short pamphlet offers a bracing reminder of how few rights African Americans had in the 19th century, even after the abolition of slavery in 1865. Written by an unknown white author and addressed to white readers, the text wrestles with a startling array of assumptions we now take for granted: Black Americans should be considered citizens of the United States, they should not be deported from the United States, and they should enjoy the same “civilization” and “enlightenment” as white Americans.
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