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Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) to John Sherman

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02841 Author/Creator: Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 April 1888 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 20.5 x 12.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Intends to give Sherman a copy of a speech he (Douglass) gave on the 26th anniversary of the abolition of slavery, if the speech is published. Supports Sherman's attempt for the presidency on the Republican ticket. Written on Cedar Hill, Anacostia, D.C. stationery.

Background Information: The speech to which Douglass refers was given on 16 April 1888 in Washington D.C. It was entitled, "I Denounce the So-Called Emancipation as a Stupendous Fraud."

John Sherman (1823-1900), William ...Tecumseh Sherman's brother, was a prominent U.S. Senator from Ohio (1861-1877). He also served as Secretary of the Treasury (1877-1881) and Secretary of State (1890-1898).See More

People: Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895
Sherman, John, 1823-1900

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Subjects: African American HistoryEmancipationEmancipation ProclamationSlaveryPresidentRepublican PartyElectionPoliticsAfrican American Author

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