Nell Irvin Painter – Asking For Equality

The [Young Men’s Protective Union’s] Address [to the People of the United States] asked President Hayes to “rectify these unparallel outrages upon American citizens,” Congress to “enact such laws as will remedy the present outrages upon the civil and political rights of the Republican citizens of the South,” and the courts to “punish without distinction of position, wealth, or pedigree, those lawless men who dye their hands in innocent blood, or those who aid and abet the same.” In short, it wanted “the plain and fearless enforcement of the constitution and laws, considering that to be the most dignified and effective method of settling questions of violence which their provisions cover.”25

  • 25 New Orleans Weekly Louisianian, December 28, 1878
  • P.171, Exodusters – Nell Irvin Painter, ISBN 0-393-00951-3



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