Category Archives: Reconstruction

August 9, 1866: Boon for sheriff

Okay, the new sheriff will exterminate the radicals — “by good reasoning”, though. A letter to the editor of the Cape Girardeau Argus, August 9, 1866. By the way, it doesn’t appear that Mr. Boon (or Boone) was successful — … Continue reading

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July 25-26, 1866: Nominating candidates for Congress, radical and otherwise

Governor Joseph W. McClurg of Missouri The New York Times for July 25, 1866 ran a very short squib about the Radicals holding a convention in Missouri, where Joseph W. McClurg was re-nominated. McClurg served three terms in House as … Continue reading

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July 19, 1866: Have to stop our enemies at the polls

Charles D. Drake of Missouri The Cape Girardeau Argus of July 19, 1866 is determined to vote out the Radicals in the upcoming election. The Canvass Has now fairly opened. What our enemies are doing – what evil machinations they … Continue reading

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July 12, 1866: I guess they don’t like the Radicals

The Cape Girardeau Argus seems to be having some trouble filling its column inches, to judge from the amount of bombast stuffed into this item. Shorter version: “The Conservatives held a convention in St. Louis on July 3 and 4, … Continue reading

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July 4, 1866: An Independence day for conciliation.

The New York Times editorial, July 4, 1866. The National Anniversary. Of all the nations of the earth, this alone has its birthday celebration. Of all peoples we alone can point to the day and hour when we became a … Continue reading

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April 5, 1866: Supporting Presidential Reconstruction

The April 5, 1866 Cape Girardeau Argus reported that an overflow crowd packed the Jackson courthouse to meet in support of President Johnson. The report below gives the resolutions that were passed by this group. In short, they’re for Presidential … Continue reading

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March 29, 1866: More celebration of the veto of the Freedmen’s Bureau bill

Charles Sumner ************************************ The Cape Girardeau Argus once again rejoices over Andrew Johnson’s veto of the bill extending the Freedmen’s Bureau. This time the article is from the front page, usually reserved for “literary” efforts — stories, poetry, humor, etc. … Continue reading

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March 22, 1866: Supporting Johnson’s veto of the Freedman’s Bureau bill

The Cape Girardeau Argus continues here in its support for Johnson’s view of Reconstruction, a view in which the rights of freed former slaves apparently need no protection. On February 19, Johnson vetoed the bill extending the Freedman’s Bureau. He … Continue reading

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March 13, 1866: Suffrage?

The New York Times ran a short editorial on March 13, 1866 suggesting a rationale for placing limits on suffrage for black Americans. I leave it to the reader to pick apart the various problems with the argument, but this … Continue reading

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November 23, 1865: Universal Suffrage?

John Mercer Langston The Cape Girardeau Argus of November 23, 1865 was mainly devoted to discussion of the proposed gravel road connecting Cape Girardeau and Bloomfield, but it did find room to quote a rival paper and take a poke … Continue reading

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