" "If we do," I returned with some spirit, "you may be sure it will be to take you quite away. " The elevation of the negro race from slavery to the full rights of citizenship is the most important political change we have known since the adoption of the Constitution of 1787. For him! For him! He sprang from the bed, the reeking odour pouring down his throat, clogging and revolting his entrails. It is now three days more than a hundred years since the adoption of the first written constitution of the United States - the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union.