John Mercer Langston

Selected Speeches Given By

John Mercer Langston (1829-1897)


The World's Anti-Slavery Movement: Its Heroes and its Triumphs

A lecture delivered at Xenia and Cleveland, Ohio, August 2nd and 3rd, 1858.


Citizenship and the Ballot: The Relations of the Colored American to the Government and its Duty to Him- A Colored American the First Hero of the Revolutionary War

Address delivered before the Colored Men's Convention of Indiana, in Masonic Hall, at Indianapolis, October 25, 1865.


Equality Before the Law: The Treatment of the American Man of Color Before and Since the Adoption of the Thirteenth Amendment

Delivered at Oberlin, Ohio, May 17, 1874, on the Anniversary of the adoption of the 15th Amendment of the United States Constitution.


The Exodus: The Causes Which Led the Colored People of the South to Leave their Homes- The Lesson of the Exodus

Delivered at Washington, D. C. in Lincoln Hall at the behest of the Emigrant Aid Society, October 7, 1879.


Links to Speeches from Outside Sources:


African American Pamplets at the Library of Congress

  • The Other Phase of Reconstruction
    Delivered at Congregational Tabernacle, Jersey City, New Jersey, April 17, 1877
  • The National Elections Bill

    Delivered before the U.S. House of Representatives, January 16, 1891


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