Passage of Another Bill Concerning Negroes

March 16, 1866


A bill makes its way through Congress that grants citizenship to all people born in the United States regardless of color and the Dispatch believes that the President will sign the bill into law


The telegraph informs us of the final passage yesterday of a bill for protecting persons in their civil rights. The following are the chief features: "That all persons born in the United States and not subject to any foreign Power, excluding Indians not taxes, are hereby declared to be citizens of the United States, without distinction of color, without regard to any previous condition of slavery or involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall have the same right to make and enforce contracts, to sue, be parties, and give evidence, to inherit, purchase, lease, sell hold and convey real and personal property, and to the full and equal benefit of all laws and proceedings for the security of person and property, and shall be subject to like punishments, pains, and penalties, and to none other ; any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom to the contrary notwithstanding." "That in all questions of law arising in any case under the provisions of this act, a final appeal shall be taken to the Supreme Court of the United States." It is supposed the President will sign this bill.
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