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DOUGLASS Frederick INGERSOLL Robert G
Proceedings of the Civil Rights Mass-Meeting... Speeches
1883. First Edition . DOUGLASS, Frederick, Hon., INGERSOLL, Robert G. Proceedings 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. Slim octavo, original tan printed wrappers, early stitching; pp. 53. (1). $6900.Rare first edition of the Proceedings of the Civil Rights Mass-Meeting, featuring the first publication of Frederick Douglass' fiery speech delivered a week after the Court decision in United States v. Stanley, known as the Civil Rights Cases, eviscerated the 14th Amendment. Standing before thousands, Douglass proclaimed the Court ruling—""a blow struck at human progress… as if someone were stamping on the graves of our mothers""—complete with Robert Ingersoll's famed speech that called the ruling a violation of the U.S. Constitution.""On October 15, 1883 the Supreme Court handed down a decision that 'came upon the country like a clap of thunder from a clear sky'"" (McFeeley, Frederick Douglass, 317). That ruling in United States v. Stanley, known as the Civil Rights Cases, devastated Frederick Douglass, who recognized it as a moral and legal betrayal. ""'The surrender of the national capital to Jefferson Davis in time of war,' he asserted, 'could hardly have caused greater shock.'"" To Douglass' biographer, the Court's decision ""eviscerated one of the greatest achievements of Reconstruction."" It upended the 14th Amendment's equal-protection clause by viewing it as applicable ""only to states and not to individual acts of discr … [Click Below for Full Description]
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