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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Unassociated Civil War Documents 1865
|Benjamin F. Butler to F. A. Angell discussing suffrage for African Americans
|11 July 1865
|Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin) (1818-1893)
|General Butler writes to Angell in Brooklyn, New York. "A mans right to self government is inherent and inalienable. It does not depend on the degree of his intelligence or on other accident. It is the correlative of self defence. Is the negro a man? But it is said that the negro will vote as his late master directs, and thus increase his master's political power. Be it so... I do not see how he or we are worse off if the negro votes with him [the master]... we gain and can loose nothing by giving the negro the right of suffrage."
|African American History Slavery Freemen Reconstruction Suffrage US Constitutional Amendment Politics Government and Civics Civil Rights Union General
|Butler, Benjamin Franklin (1818-1893) Angell, F. A. (fl. 1864-1865)
|African Americans; Government & Politics; Slavery & Abolition; Reconstruction
|Papers and Images of the American Civil War
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945