- Using evidence from the open letter, explain the Colored People of Boston's understanding of the proper relationship between themselves and the president.
- Using your previous knowledge, explain why the Colored People of Boston felt the need to appeal to the national government.
- The Colored People of Boston referred to President McKinley's April 11, 1896, speech to Congress in which he requested a declaration of war to drive the Spanish out of Cuba. For what reasons did McKinley ask to fight the Spanish? How did the Colored People of Boston use those words to meet their purpose in writing?
- Use at least two passages from the open letter to explain its tone.
"Open Letter to President McKinley," Colored National League, 1899. Courtesy of Library of Congress