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

THE BALTIMORE SUN, a predominantly Democratic newspaper in 1870, ran a lengthy article on the 15th Amendment celebration the day after the parade. Read their article, and then compare it to the article printed in the Baltimore American and Commercial Advertiser. Notice the strong and descriptive language, especially in the first paragraph of the article.
Compare the reporting of Frederick Douglass' speech in the Sun and the American.

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (Sun Collection) Baltimore Sun, Friday, May 20, 1870. MSA SC 2852.

1. Introduction, Description of Contents, Parade Opening Graphics HTML Side By Side
2. Procession, Guests, Divisions Graphics HTML Side By Side
3. Participants in the Parade, Marching Graphics HTML Side By Side
4. More Participants, On the March, Police Arrangements Graphics HTML Side By Side
5. Meeting in Monument Square, Platform Collapses, Officers Graphics HTML Side By Side
6. Mr. Garrison's Letter Graphics HTML Side By Side
7. Resolutions Graphics HTML Side By Side
8. John M. Langston's Remarks Graphics HTML Side By Side
9. Postmaster General Creswell's Remarks Graphics HTML Side By Side
10. Remarks of Frederick Douglass Graphics HTML Side By Side
11. Continued Remarks of Frederick Douglass Graphics HTML Side By Side
12. Judge Bond's Remarks, Ball, Illumination Graphics HTML Side By Side

Other Interesting Stories in the May 20, 1870 Baltimore Sun

"Stonewall Jackson's Grave" Graphics HTML Side By Side
"A Dark Picture," "Shrewd Smuggling Dodge," etc. Graphics HTML Side By Side
"News in Brief" Graphics HTML Side By Side
MD Hospital for Sale (later Johns Hopkins Hospital) Graphics HTML Side By Side

Original Text of the May 20, 1870 Baltimore Sun, in Full Newspaper Pages

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Page 2
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Page 3
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Page 4
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