Negroes To Be Admitted Into Philadelphia Convention

August 28, 1866


Union party members push for blacks to have a voice in the Philadelphia Convention. After receiving permission to choose a representative delegate, Frederick Douglass is nominated, putting the white Southern loyalists to the test.


We have for some time thought that the negroes of the country ought to send delegates to the Radical Convention which is to he held in Philadelphia early in next month ; but having had no authoritative intimation that they would be admitted to seats, we refrained front advising the Richmond negroes to appoint representatives. We have now, however, the assurance of Horace Greeley that the Union party is " anxious that the loyal colored men should have a voice in its conventions." The last New York Tribune says: "Fred Douglass, it is reported, has been elected a delegate from Rochester to the Loyal Southerners' Convention in Philadelphia, which will make no objection to his color. Such recognition of the stake his race have in the country is in noble contrast with tho admission of the worst of rebels to the Radical Convention. The Union party is perfectly willing, nay, anxious, that the loyal colored men should have a voice in its conventions." Benjamin Wardwell, J. F. Lewis, J. M. Botts, and other signers of the call, must not expect to be allowed to back out from the Convention because negroes are to be admitted. We admire Greeley's pluck and consistency. He is in earnest. He may be a fanatic, but he is not a knave. We sincerely desire to see the negroes put this convention of southern " loyalists," or " mean whites and sneaks," as the World calls them, to the test.
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