Category Archives: Education

November 30, 1865: Immigrants go to loyal counties

An editorial from the Missouri Weekly Patriot out of Springfield, dated November 30, 1865, notes that immigration into the state is apparently correlated with support for abolition and the new state constitution, and assures its readers (rather naively) that all … Continue reading

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October 12, 1865: More from Mississippi

As promised, the Cape Girardeau Weekly Argus of October 12, 1865 ran the second installment of “Baldface”s report of his travels in Mississippi. This one has some fascinating stuff: the destruction of the railroads, the value of black soldiers, class … Continue reading

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June 24, 1865: Ignorance in the south

The New York Times argues that the poor whites of the south need education just as much as the former slaves do, both having been raised in ignorance by the design of the rich planters. What We Owe to the … Continue reading

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July 2, 1862: Lincoln signs the Morrill Act

Justin S. Morrill On July 2, 1862, President Lincoln signed into law the Morrill land grant act. It had been introduced by Vermont congressman James Morrill, and was supported by Congressional delegations from the Northeast and Midwest. It passed originally … Continue reading

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