Celebrating Rights and 
Responsibilities
Baltimore & the Fifteenth Amendment, May 19, 1870
An Interactive Historical Investigation by David Troy 1996

FREDERICK DOUGLASS made a speech as part of the celebration in Baltimore. It eloquently addressed the blessings and the challenges that were inherent in the passing of the 15th Amendment. However, we have no word-for-word record of the speech. No notes have survived, and until these newspaper articles were rediscovered, this speech was unknown to the papers of Frederick Douglass. What was really said?

When Comparing the Speeches, Consider:

Compare the Reporting in the Sun and the American


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