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rights as America
the South hard, to
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Ex-Consul to Santo Domingo, Author
of ^"Life^f Charles Sumner."
Tosthe Edited of Th Appeal:
Why Afro-Americans should support
Roosevelt and Fairbanks.
The South has insisted on making
the Afro-American the leading issue
in this presidential campaign*- rThe
Northernawlng of the Democratic party
had hppBd to. divide the Afro-Ameri
can vote of the dpubtful states, and
in sundry d^ubt^ul ongressional dis
tricts with the Republican party. It
has. therefore tried hard to raise some
other issuje, to, switch the Southern
wing from its ofee-track idea ana issue
on to another one, better suited to,
carry the party to victory next Novem
ber. But^the Southern Democracy
will not be deflected from its course,
from its one idea and issue. And
Ithat one idea and issue is the^eyer:
lasting Afro-American, the everlasting
Afro-American, to be Jom-Crowed po
litically, industrially, educationally, re-'
ligiously Jim-Crowed in every con
ceivable way as a man, as a laborer,
as an American, in the South and in
the nation likewise.
The Northern wing of the party says
"Let us make the tariff the issue this
^respondent" areable and energetic
answers,, yxstxi: xm ~v.v".
gro is
"The Ne
issue,"two. spelling"Negroitwithj a smallthe "n and "g's. On the
South will oi itfs thi
ii an
party to thf contrary hotwith
They have no choice:. They are fore
ed in defense of thfir-|aanhQdd rights,
month in a'umt'el'vote for Roosevelt
and Fairbanks.
Archibald H. Grimke
Boston, Mass., October, 1904.
REV. W. T. VERNON, A. M.f D. D.
President of the Western University,
Quindaro, Kan.
To the Editor of The Appeal:
Why Afro-Americans should support
Roosevelt and Fairbanks.
The general prosperity of the coun-.
try, under the party of which they
are' leaders is apparent to all. Any
patriotic citizen, loving his country as
does the Afro-American will desire
the continuance of the same.
This can best be secured by the
return to power ,of the party under
whose administration the country is
always prosperous rather than by plac
ing in power the Democratic party
under whose administration the coun
try alwavs has financial reverses,
business failures, and industrial stag
nation paralyzing our life. Again
Judge Parker's belated telegram, eight
years overdue, is an admission of the
rightfulness of the views of the Re
publican party on the money ques
tion which views gave financial suc
cess to the country and for which
the Republican party should receive
indorsement by the election of Roose
velt and Fairbanks.
And above all gratitude, duty, a
regard .for the future safety and happi
ness of our race throughout the coun
try should all impel us as a race to
support Roosevelt and Fairbanks.
They should be elected because the
triumph of the Democratic party
means continued and extended disfran
chisement, and degradation of the
race the triumph of Southern senti
ment working North and the moral
effect of such in its last analysis means
the retard of the race for a time no
man can estimate. I cannot but be
lieve that my race, seeing the light,
will work and vote and pray for the
election of the Republican candidates.
W. T. Vernon.
Quindaro, Kan., October, 1904.
Ex-Member of Congress, Attorney at
Law at Washington.
To the Editor of The Appeal:
In reply to your inquiry "Why Afro
Americans should support Roosevelt
and Fairbanks," permit me to say,
that the Afro-Americans should sup
port Roosevelt and Fairbanks and the
Republican party,
dates and that party5
banks should be elected and of course,
supported by the race, because they
are the head of and stand for that
.political party which has passed every
law looking to, the enfranchisement
and protection of the race, that has
ever been passed eitlfer in the states
or nation.
We should support Mr. Roosevelt be
cause the election of his opponent
would be a menace to our future and
would, in my opinion, bring untold
injifery-to. be added to the present pp
pression^ under which our Southern
brethren are now living.
We would-supportt them because
there is absolutely ho ^feoom on the
Democratic platfdrm for 4 self-respect
ing Afro-American citize:
the light of the. present
laratiohs of the leaders
Washington, D.
Attorney at Law, Dean College of Law,
Louisville, Ky.
To the Editor of The Appeal:
Wny Afro-Amerjeans should support
Roosevelt and. Fairbanks.
The present campaign is in many re
spects the most momentous in the his
stan for Ameri
can manhood, American industries,, for
equality before the law for all Ameri
can citizens, irrespective of race or
previous condition of servitude.
They should support Mr. Roosevelt
because he has declared,,and lived up
to his declaration, that, the door of Tillman,
hope should not be closed against any
man on account of his color or racial
He should be supported because he
is positive, courageous, honest and
strenuousand a known quantity, in
contra-distinction from his opponent
who is silent, rather passive, uncertain
an unknown quantity and above
all sourrounded, largely controlled by,
and if elected must owe his elevation
to the solid South Which is opposed
to'the "Afro-American's civil, political,
and in many instances, material
rights, and never fails to grasp each
opportunity to humiliate, curtail and
I ^degrade his manhood and to make him
t'feel that he is an alien and aN
land of nativity.
Mr Roosevelthisand Senator Fair-
&h&&dl *&t
the Republic. Wrapped up in
fcf'it is'false to the great trusts
S^--^? committed to it?"
^as straight ,Th question as to whether the Afro
fthe^olls as America
to stand, in
[nd past dec-
that party.
H. White.
October, ^904.
oroblem of the most
it the reachinga to all
ouuu i win -sO$le#tiOn,'v rr-' This campaign will not only^ decide
and on no other, the Northern wing
have in tAis Nation
or the fulli
oi party \.ia= wuj.^'!*j-, hunger uraner ptui,.. uut
standing." And the ^ai||L'..doi4Ui-.l ^tlier outetlon' which reaches down
ates this year the coun^ilg, of, the
the -very corner stone of all govern-
Democratic party, the ,S6ujerB ,Qiues-, j0 at shall^ the Federal'Constitution
tion is in reality tne"paramount issue
of that party in this iprjasidntial canv
dinner piil,
buv an-
bne& the law fcuth as-well as North and
iahtkll equality ib^fore the law be en
i loy^hy ill'of^the citizens or by only
shell, the situationl^-which-: confronts splendid outburst of eloquence,
the Afro-American 'jfptsrg, of the -North. Fre ^grick Douglass once asked the
questj6n:'*"^What'does tion if^
it profit a Na
it builds Its wealth to the
be secure in the civil
^mffeM^oJiiaLrigMs 'Touchsated by the
President Roosevelt will not close
the door of hope to the worthy Afro
American and for that reason every
voter of the race should support him.
Albert S. White.
Louisville, Ky., October, 1904.
Attorney at Law and Noted Orator,
Memphis, Tenn.
To the Editor of The Appeal:
Why Afro-Americans should support
Roosevelt and Fairbanks.
Every man in the United States who
has one drop of Negro blood in his
veins, who is loyal to, and not asham
ed of that blood, should support Roose
velt and Fairbanks, because they are
the representatives of that party which
gave us freedom, ,made us citizens
and then gave us the ballot with
which to protect and maintain those
Constitutional rights.
Because they represent a party
which has never whenever and where
ever in power, made unjust and op
pressive laws against, nor sought to
eliminate us from the body politic.
While the Democratic party, whenever
and wherever in power has made our
Constitutional rights a nullity and our
citizenship a farce. Because they rep
resent the only party on whose plat
form there is room enough for every
creed and race to stand.
Their defeat means the success of
a party on whose platform the Negro
has no place, who are opposed t his
education and advancement, and who
would close every avenue to distinc
tion to him, and eternally bar him
from the higher walks of life, and
take from the Constitution the 14th
and 15th Amendments.
The platform of the Republican par
ty is as broad as humanity, and Roose
velt and Fairbanks cover the entire
platform. JosJa
Memphis, Tenn., October. 1904.
Prominent Worker In the Interest of
the Race in Connecticut.
To the Editor of, The Appeal.
In reply to your question, "Why
Afro-Americans Should Support
Roosevelt and Fairbanks?" I have to,
say that while the question is per
tinent at this time, the answer is
so apparent that it would seem a
waste of time and space in making
reply to do more than to refer to the
present, attitude of the two great
political parties on the so-called race
If Judge Parker should be elected
president he would be dominated by
the South, which is the body and
strength of the Democratic party of
the country, and with the Morgan,
Vardaman coterie in the
Souther states, at the helm, the door
of hope, of Afro-Americans seeking re
lief from' inhuman, illegal and uncon
stitutional oppression in the South,
would be indefinitely closedi
To elect Theodore Roosevelt Presi
dent of the United States is to elect a
man who has declared himself upon
the question of human liberty, in lan
guage which 1 helieve so far as he is
concerned is irrevocable. Mr. Roose
velt has said: "If I could be abso
lutely assured of my election as Presi-
Attorney at Law/ Chicago, Treasurer,
The Brotherhood Insurance Co.
To the Editor .of .The Appeal.
Why Afro-Americans Should Vote
for Roosevelt and Fairbanks.
First, because to vote against
I Roosevelt and Fairbanks would be
to approve every disfranchisement
law and other race'discriminating
-measures passed by the Southern
iwing of the Democratic party.
Second, because to vote against
Roosevelt is a vote to increase the
power for mischief of Tillman, and
every -other reactionary politician in
the Southern democracy.
de rbrtu^ing my back ori the prin- representatives of a party, who
cinles of hraaal liberty as enunciated fought four years for the purpose of
by AbrahaS^Sncoln,. I would in% destroying Union and perpetua-
cLableriToingit and unfit for presi-
uSt if I were capable of doing It" tions of the South maintaining a sys-
aent i were CP
peaker. tem of peonage which is bnt^slavery
New Haven, Conn. October, 1904. re-enacted. ^}&^M&\l*\y
Third, because Roosevelt stands
for the wide open door of opportunity
for all men and his opponents for the
open door for only some men.
Fourth, Roosevelt believes in giv
ing meaning and force to. the war
amendments his opponents believe
either in repealing Ituch amendments
or nullifying the liberty-giving spirit
that brought them into being.
Fifth, Roosevelt stands for the
merit of all men, his opponents stand
for the merit of only some men.
Sixth, with Roosevelt, character is.
everything, with his opponents, color
is everything.
Seventh, with Roosevelt the Golden
Rule and the Declaration of Inde
pendence must be a vital part of all
our national policies, with his oppon
ents, the Golden Rule is a thing of
hrass and the Declaration of Inde
pendence means nothing for colored
Finally, Afro-Americans, must eith
er vote for Roosevelt and Fairbanks,
qr vote against themselves and their
S. Laing Williams.
Chicago, 111., October. 1904.
President Capital Savinp- Bank, Lit.
tie Rock, Ark., Ex-Judge.
To the Editor of The Appeal.
Why Afro?Americans should support
Roosevelt and Fairbanks.
Afro-American should support
Roosevelt and Fairbanks:
Because they represent in a dis
tinctive manner the principles and
needs of human freedom, political
equality, and the righteousness'of a
free ballot and a fair count for every
ciitzen of the republic. ^-?:"5
Because they are opposed by the
ting slaverythed an are even now por
Defective Page
Afro-Americans Solid for the Republican Ticket.
it -*i
cit&fens, we take
Because as loyalj
.pride in the achiyefla#its and prow
ess of AmericanJ?i%Jtatesmanship
abroad, and the heretofore unequaled
material "aevelapmefita at home un
der the leadership of ^Roosevelt.
Beca^'ie, the Demlfcratic party as
exemplified by its Tillmans and Var
damans,' is a .stench }&, the nostrils
ofj tlecent Americans and a disgust
to^ the national conscience.
Because- of Roosevelt's breadth of
sympathy for the poor and oppress
ed'as expressed in bis^'aphorism, "AH
men up rather than some men down"
and his interest in sMidustrial edu
cation and its chief promoter, Book
er T. Washington,
President of the United StatesAnd \Vill be Again Nov. 8th.
What's the
He's all right!
Mifflin W. Gibbs.
Little Rock, Ark., October, 19Q4'.
Attorney at Law, Ex-Member Balti
more Common Council.
To the Editor of The Appeal:
Why Afro-Americans should support
Roosevelt and Fairbanks.
l.j. Because they are the candidates
of the Republican party. More than
fifty years ago a band of liberty lov
ing patriots met at Jackson, Michigan,
and brought into being the greatest
political organization ever formed In
any country. Its watchword was
then and is now, "Liberty to All Man-
kind." Its early struggles resulted in
the emancipation of 4,000,000 slaves
and had engrafted into the Constitu
tion such measures as would make
perpetual his freedom and. secure to
him his civil and political rights and
today the Republican party stands as
the protector pf the Afro-American
2. The Afro-American should vote
for Roosevelt and Fairbanks because
both of these candidates represent in
their careers the true spirit of our
Constitution and laws. The Afrb-
AmeKcan only asks that he be given
a man's ohance and he will prove his
capacity and ability. For this fair
olay for all American citizens, there
is no stronger advocate than Theodore
Roosevelt. He is a noble example of
the true American citizen, who be
lieves that" merit not color, ability
not nationality should be the stand
ards by which Americans should be
judged. The patriotic career of Fair*
banks, his devotion to duty as a Sena
tor, his sterling Republicanism all
combine to ma'ke him a fit person to
preside over the U. S. Senate of which
he has been a useful member. )&*
Harry S. Cummingsi*
Baltimore, Md., OctoberriSOJL. s
Attorney at Law, Topeka, Kansas.
Organizer NationarAfro-American
To the Editor of The Appeal.
Why Afro-Aniericans should sup
port Roosevelt and Fairbanks.
Because they are the exponents of
the true principles and doctrines of
Republicanism, principles that 'stand
for justice, equal and fixed to all men,
principles that favor a free and un
trammeled suffrage, and equal politi
cal rights to all.
Because tneir election will insure
a continued prosperity in the com
mercial and financial world, a pros-
matter with Teddy? I perity uiion which depends the hap
.jpiness and comfort of the American
Because their election will demon
strate the fact that, the people of
this country are in favor of law an
order and are opposed to the doc
trines advocated by Vardaman and
Tillman, the mouthpieces of the
Southern Democracy.'
James H. Guy.
if? jtv.
Topeka, Kansas, October, 1904.
Promihen.t Attorney at Law, St.'Louis,
Misso'uri-Nat'l Secy. U. B. F.
To the Editor of The Appeal:
Why Afro-Americans should support
Roosevelt and Fairbanks.
There has not been a National X3am
,paign in the last 40 sears fought with
so much interest to the Afro-American
of this country as the one now in prog
ress. Although the Democratic-party
failed to make the Afro-American an
issue by express declaration in its Na
tional Platform, the Afro-American,
nevertheless would be the greatest suf
ferer through Mr. Parker's election.
I know-nothing of Mr. Parker's Individ-'
ual views as to the Afro-American's
constitutional rights or his claim to
fair treatment as a man,.but having
witnessed the proceedings of the Na
tional Democratic Convention, heard
the speeches, and noted the men who
controlled its deliberations and direct
ed its sentiment, I am convinced that
the Democratic party offers nothing to
the Afro-Americans of this country but
deep humiliation, base injustice and a
gloomy future. Disfranchisement of
the race in the South is not all that
such men as John Sharp Williams,
Tillman, Vardaman and Jeff pavis are
hoping and contending for the cry of
"White man's government" means
that the,Afro-American should not be
allowed to participate in the affairs of
government that he sliould not he al
lowed to vote or hold official positions
under the government. It means in
short, that the citizfenship guaranteed
us by the 14th amendment to the Con-
stitution snail -be taken away. Our
condition in that event would be in
comparable. The Indian is. the ward
of the Nation and as such is entitled
to the care and portection of his guar
dian. The/Afro-American would not
even be the ward of the Nation. The
alien is compassed about by interna
tional comity and can claim the pro
tection of his country when his rights
are denied or infringed. The Afro
American without citizenship is "A
man without a Country."
It seems to me that these considera
tions alone, are sufl&cient to'' prompt
every Afro-Americap. in this country
to do all in his power to bring about
the defeat of Mr. Parker and his party
and the election of Mr. Roosevelt to
the presidency.
Walter M. Farmer.
St, Louis, Mo., October, 1904.
Afro-American State Council San
Francisco, California.
To the Editor of The Appeal:
Why Afro-Americans -should support
Roosevelt and Fairbanks.
We should support President Roose
velt because his patriotism cannot be
challenged and his greatest interest
and most earnest thoughts are of the
citizenship of this country, especially
the citizenship which is now in the
making, which will control, the gov
ment in the future. He opposes plu
tocracy in government and govern
ment by mob rule, and declares that a
republic of freemen to be one in which
every man is entitled to equal encour
agement, opportunity and protection.
Theodore is in a Qlass all by himself,
yet in constant sympathetic working
touch with men in all conditions of
Because "the entire history, political,
statutory, legislative and judicial of
the Democratic party, in the Nation,
and in all of the states, from the adop
tion of the Constitution to the present
Jim Crow times, shows that their chief
contention and real anirpus has been
to, djegr^de^the Afro-American ag. a hu
maii! being^and to"deny him the erijpy
ment of, his jrjjEhjte^as^a^cjitizena^^
a man.
T. B. Morton.
San Francisco, California, October,
RT. REV. J. W. HOOD, D. D., LL. D.
Bishop of the A. M. E. Z. Church, Fay
etteville, N. C.
To the Editor of The Appeal:
Why Afro-Americans should support
Roosevelt and Fairbanks.
1. Because they represent the
world's best sentiment, and the high
est and holiest aim of humanity. They
represent righteousness justice, the
equality of rights, hope and a- fair op
portunity for all, regardless of race,
religion or any other condition in life.
They represent peace on earth and
good will towards men.
2. The Afro-Americans should sup
port Roosevelt and Fairbanks because
their leading opponents represent the
opposite sentiment. They represent
the sentiment which enacted the fugi
tive slave law, declared the Dred Scott
decision and is responsible for all the
degrading legislation enacted against
the Afro-American during the past
fifty years. They represent the senti
ment wihch if possible would turn
back the tide of human progress and
restore slavery in its worst form, as
has already been done in some places.
I could give many, many reasons but
the foregoing are sufficient.
J. W. Hood.
Fayetteville, N. C, October, 1904.
Editor New York AgeAuthor, Pub
To ttie Editor of The Appeal:
Why Afro-Americans should support
Roosevelt and Fairbanks.
I favor the election of Theodore
Roosevelt to be President because he
stands for all that makes for strength,
for justice, for prosperity and for
righteousness in this Great Republic.
T. Thomas Fortune.
New York, October, 1904.
Presiding Bishop and President of Fi
nancial Board 5th Episcopal Dist.
A. M. E.
To the Editor of The Appeal:
Referring to your- request that I
write a short communication on sub
ject, "Why Afro-Americans Should
Support Roosevelt and Fairbanks," I
be?, to-say that they should.support
the candidates named for the same
roasons that all other citizens in the
United States should do so.
Considering them from all points of
view they are the most competent, and
best prepared persons for the office
for which they have been nominated^
now before the American people.
Afro-Americans in particular should
support them because at this time we
need persons at the helm of .state in
whom jthere is no question as to their
friendship to all people under the
American flag.
This nation has a standing in tHe
estimation of foreign countries, such
as it bas, never enjoyed
and "that standing and pleasant rela
tion is largely due to the present ad
ministration, and if the country will
appreciate valuable service and its
own -nrosperity they should continue
President Roosevelt as chief magis
trate of the nation and elect Mr. Fair
banks as the second man in the gov
A. Grant.
"Indianapolis, Irid., October, 1904. I
4It is the organ of ALL. Afro-Americans.
&s.Itig aot atrolled by any ring or clique-
people's.. 0 SVP
President National Baptist Conven
tion With Over 3,000,000 Members.
To the Editor of The Appeal.
Referring to the subject, "Why
Afro-Americans Should Support
Roosevelt and Fairbanks," would say,
that to my mind the following would
be an excellent summary of most of
the many reasons why Roosevelt anw
Fairbanks should be elected President
and Vice President.
First, They are the nominees of a
party whose wisdom in the conduct
of the affairs of our Republic is firmly
and irrevocably established."
This party can be relied upon not
only for soundness of government,
under .reasonable tariff regulations,
the gold standard, a wise and winning
international policyand, consequent
ly promoting the greatest measure of
internal prosperity and happiness, a
well as the truest service in promot
ing civilization but this party can bo
relied on to select men fully qualified
to stand upon its platform of prin
ciples and faithfully execute its poli
cies, or even to be its real representa
tives or exponents in any emergency
on which the party through its rep
resentatives or exponents in any
emergency on which the party
through its representatives, in conven
tion assembled did not have occasion
or opportunity to express itself.
Second, Roosevelt and Fairbanks
are in every way competent an*
qualified from a personal view point
to fill the offices to which they as
pire, and, pre-eminently so, for they
are ideal Americans and able states
men. u,
They have the courage of itheir
convictions. Their party is broad an*
they are broad, and may be reliedf
upon if elected, to be the representa
tives of all the people of our com
mon country, to the exclusion of no
class or race or section of-American*
citizens. The principles for whtcb
they stand are the safest, broadest,
more in accord with the Declar a
tion of Independence in toto, and more
likely to conserve the best interested
of all concerned in or by the govera
of any other candidates now aspiriag
to the exalted position of Preside**
and Vice President.
E. C. Morris.
Helena, Ark., October, 1904.
To the Editor of The Appeal:
Why Afro-Americans should support
Roosevelt and Fairbanks.
I will gladly say that President
Roosevelt should receive the support
of, every Afro-American voter because
he* has shown himself to be the friend1
of the Afro-American and the advo
cate and protector of his equal rights
with all other citizens, not only as
president but as man regarding all
other men as his equal in their civH
rights because of his manly and coura
geous stand in defending the right of
the Afro-American to enjoy the right
to hold office when fitted for the same
and his God like statement that "the
door of hope should no be shut
against any man because of color or
race" because in his election the
Afro-American is sure of having a
brave, courageous and just defender
of his rights as a citizen. His defeat
would be the greatest calamity that
has happened to the negro since the
assassination of Lincoln. God forfend
D. Augustus Straker.
Detroit, Mich., October, 1904.
Leading Dentist, ChicagoSecretary
i Provident Hospital.
To the Editor, of The Appeal:
Why Afro-Americans should support
Roosevelt and Fairbanks.
Because they are the exponents of
the principle of justice. Because they
are pledged to give equality to all
men before the law.
Because their election means the
public' approval of the policy advo
cated by. Roosevelt "that individual
worth should be the proper test for
Because the head of the ticket has a
fully developed sense of justice, and
the courage to stand for it, even at
the expense of his political estates.
Because if ever the Afro-American
had a reason' to vote the republican
ticket he has it at this, junction of
his history.
The crisis through which be is pass
ing in his political
to the#southern
$2.40 PER YEAR 1
is largely
wing the Democratedu
ic party against which the Republi
can has been a consistent opponent.
Charles E. Bentley.
Chicago, October, 1904.
Editor the Iowa. State Bystander, Des
Moines, Iowa. 7
To the Editor of The Appeal:
Why Afro-Americans should support,
Roosevelt and Fairbanks.
Every voter of the race should reg
heretofore, /ister his protest against the tyran^'
cal acts and villainous utterances cfv
the Democrats, ami especially
nounce their disfranchising laws.
We of the North and West suffer
whenever one of pur .race is wrongedP JfU
In the South.:^.. ./tS
Every Afro-American should cast'
his vote for the*Republican standard
bearers, Roosevelt and Fairbanks. M
John-L. Thompson.
Des Mofnel:
Iowa, October, 1904?^'4,1*

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