Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Another Act of Justice

Mr. Sumner’s bill, to remove all disabilities of color, in persons employed in carrying the mails, was taken up a few days since and passed without debate, yeas 24; nays 11. The Pittsburg Gazette says truly, that never, certainly of late years, ahs a bill opposed to the prejudice of race met with such a reception as this. It was introduced quietly, quietly referred to the Post Office Committee, reported back by Senator Collamer, and passed, as if it were a measure affecting only white people.

– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Saturday Morning, April 19, 1862, p. 2

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