The Colored Man In Illinois

April 25, 1862

This article includes provisions in the Illinois Constitution, on which people in that state are soon to vote, which stipulate that “no Negro or mulatto shall migrate or settle in this State after the adoption of this Constitution”, and that “no Negro or mulatto shall have the right of suffrage, or hold any office in this State”.  Comments on these provisions include:  “We would fain hope that the State of Illinois will repudiate the barbarity thus sought to be forced upon her, and refuse to allow the hungry and naked and the stranger of God’s children, to be thrust out of her door…”