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Joint Special Comm. on the F. Jackson Petition. Report on rights of colored persons, 1842
Senate No. 63 On February 22, 1842, a Joint Special Committee reported on a petition and remonstrance [never mentioned again] on equal
accommodation on the railroads. Some Massachusetts railroads made no distinction between passengers, but others discriminated openly as to fares and seating.
The petitioners wanted the discrimination forbidden by law. The Committee felt such discrimination was an insult to any man and went on for several
pages with language that would not have been unusual in the 20th century. It was the Legislature's job to protect the Constitutional rights of its
citizens. An Act relating to the rights of rail-road passengers, 1842. No railroad could make any preference in accommodation on account of descent,
sect, or color. If any employee of the railroad assaulted a passenger to deprive him or her of their choice of seating, or helped someone else do it, the
employee was liable to short jail time. There followed: Resolve relating to foreign trade, 1842. The Congressional delegation should make every
exertion to suppress the slave trade in Africa and protect the American flag from such practices. Resolve relating to the imprisonment of citizens of
the Commonwealth in other states, 1842. The imprisonment of a citizen of Massachusetts because of his color was a gross violation of Constitutional
rights. The Governor was authorized to try to bring suit in federal court to free such prisoners. (Digitized from a microfilm copy of title originally
held by the Library of Congress).
Title:   The joint special committee to whom was committed the petition of Francis Jackson and others, and sundry other petitioners, for a law securing to colored persons equal rights in rail-road accommodation, also the remonstrance of Joseph Nunn, and sundry others, of Salem, respectfully submit the subjoined report ...
OCLC Number:   1422929283
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