Joseph H. Rainey, Speech on the Civil Rights Act of 1875, Dec. 10, 1873

Speeches of African-American Representatives Addressing the Civil Rights Bill of 1875 Representative Joseph H. Rainey, Republican of South Carolina, speaking on December 19, 1873 in response to an argument that the Bill was unconstitutional under the reasoning of The Slaughter-House Cases and pernicious in that it gave “large numbers of colored persons” the opportunity “to…