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Collection Reference Number GLC06660
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1865 
Title Benjamin F. Butler to F. A. Angell discussing suffrage for African Americans
Date 11 July 1865
Author Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin) (1818-1893)  
Recipient Angell, F.A.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description 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."
Subjects African American History  Slavery  Freemen  Reconstruction  Suffrage  US Constitutional Amendment  Politics  Government and Civics  Civil Rights  Union General  
People Butler, Benjamin Franklin (1818-1893)  Angell, F. A. (fl. 1864-1865)  
Place written Lowell, Massachusetts
Theme African Americans; Government & Politics; Slavery & Abolition; Reconstruction
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
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