Category Archives: States’ Rights

August 31, 1861: Which way will Kentucky go?

The New York Times ran an editorial dissecting Kentucky secessionists’ outrage over a proposed direct tax; in the Times’ analysis, if they secede to avoid the Union tax, they’ll wind up in the Confederacy paying a higher one. It’s another … Continue reading

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December 12, 1860: Louis Wigfall speaks in the Senate

Louis T. Wigfall Congressional Globe, December 12, 1860. Louis T. Wigfall of Texas has the floor: …the Senator from Illinois [Mr. Douglas] was indulging in some patriotic platitudes upon the subject of saving the Union; and I understood him to … Continue reading

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December 1, 1860: The Times’ correspondent on States’ Rights

The New York Times Washington Correspondent did some editorializing on the subject of states’ rights on December 1, 1860: The action of the Vermont Legislature upon the proposition to repeal the Personal Liberty bill creates much dissatisfaction with the “Conservatives” … Continue reading

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November 30, 1860: Secession news

John Letcher, Governor of Virginia 1860-1864 Editorial from the November 30, 1860 New York Times: NEWS OF THE DAY. We have nothing new of importance regarding the secession movement to report this morning. Attention is now being concentrated principally at … Continue reading

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November 26, 1860: Letter from Herschel Johnson

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch, November 26, 1860: Hon. Herschel V. Johnson has written a letter in reply to one signed by several members of the Georgia Legislature, in which he contends that Lincoln’s election is not sufficient cause for … Continue reading

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