By Leon F. Litwack
". . . no American may be proud of the therapy of Negro american citizens, North and South, within the years prior to the Civil warfare. In his transparent, lucid account of the Northern section of the tale Professor Litwack has played a amazing service."—John wish Franklin, magazine of Negro schooling "For a looking exam of the North famous person Legend we're indebted to Leon F. Litwack. . . ."—C. Vann Woodward, the yank student
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That the Negro's political position remained unclear, however, was amply demonstrated by the demands of two colored residents that they be granted either tax relief or the right to vote and hold office. For several years, contemporaries differed over whether or not the new constitution accorded political rights and privileges to Negroes. 23 After the elimination of bondage, the Massachusetts legislature voted to bar interracial marriages and to expel all Negroes who were not citizens of one of the states.
The American Convention appeared to be a highly informal group and largely confined its activities to resolutions, legislative memorials, and moralistic messages to the free Negro population. Perhaps its most important function was to afford opportunities for various state abolition societies to exchange information about the economic and educational status of free Negroes and about steps that had been taken to improve their condition. 27 Hoping to create a more favorable atmosphere for abolition, the American Convention also stressed the need for some noticeable improvement in the free Negro's condition.
24 Similar objections were raised elsewhere. " The North American Review, one of the nation's leading journals, regretted that obvious carelessness virtually invalidated the statistics on insanity. Meanwhile, northern Negroes vigorously denied the association of insanity with emancipation. " Reinforcing this sentiment, a group of prominent New York Negroes petitioned Congress to re-examine the recent census and make appropriate revisions. 2G 18 Stanton, The Leopartfs Spots, pp. S. Census of the Insane," pp.
North of Slavery: The Negro in the Free States, 1790-1860 by Leon F. Litwack