Category Archives: Reconstruction

November 16, 1865: Reconstruction controversies

Thaddeus Stevens *************************** The Cape Girardeau Argus for November 16, 1865 shows its preferred Reconstruction policies in a couple of items reproduced from other papers. First, wondering why so many immigrants (and in Cape Girardeau County, these would mainly be … Continue reading

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November 2, 1865: Blair and the Mass Convention

The Cape Girardeau Argus of November 2, 1865 reports on the convention held in St. Louis to marshal opposition to Missouri’s 1865 Constitution. The star of the show was Gen. Frank Blair, scion of a politically powerful Missouri family, and … Continue reading

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October 26, 1865: Building opposition to the Missouri Constitution

Cape Girardeau Weekly Argus of October 26, 1865 reports on a trip about 50 miles to the southwest, to Bloomfield, MO. As the author tells us, opposition to the new Missouri Constitution was strong there in Stoddard County, and they … Continue reading

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October 19, 1865: Preparing for the Mass Convention

The Cape Girardeau Weekly Argus of October 19, 1865 published the call for a Mass Convention in st. Louis to support presidential reconstruction and to oppose the new Missouri constitution with its “cocklebur” oath that kept former Confederates out of … Continue reading

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October 5, 1865: A visit to Mississippi

The Cape Girardeau Argus prints a letter from a local who is traveling down the river to Mississippi. It’s interesting how quickly battle sites became objects of tourist interest. The writer’s account of seeing Fort Pillow shows how strongly the … Continue reading

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September 28, 1865: A response to the Boston Letter

(I don’t have a picture of the writer, so here’s Andrew Johnson, to whom the response is addressed.) In late August of 1865, a group of some 200 Bostonians, including a US Congressman, a former president of Harvard, and several … Continue reading

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August 25, 1865: The Boston Letter

Jared Sparks The letter below was signed by a large group in Boston. It makes a detailed argument for black suffrage, based both on justice and expediency. The signers include Jared Sparks, president of Harvard University from 1849-1853, Nathaniel Thayer, … Continue reading

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September 21, 1865: A reply to “Anxious Parent”

Last week a letter to the editor from “An Anxious Parent” asked some probably rhetorical questions about the implementation of the Ironclad Oath in the new Missouri Constitution. This week’s Argus runs a response from a strong Unionist. Mr. Editor: … Continue reading

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September 21, 1865: Challenges to the Ironclad Oath

The Cape Girardeau Argus reports, perhaps with a hint of approval, on some challenges to the new Ironclad Oath in the Missouri 1865 Constitution. The New Constitution Father Cummings, a Catholic priest of Louisiana, Mo., has been fined $500 in … Continue reading

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September 14, 1865: An anxious parent

An item in the Cape Girardeau Weekly Argus, 9/14/1865. Apparently a local is getting a little snarky about the new “Drake” constitution of Missouri, passed in April, 1865, which included the ‘Ironclad’ or ‘Kucklebur’ Oath, which was contained in Article … Continue reading

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