Category Archives: Charles O’Conor

January 12, 1861: “To advocate Hell upon Earth.”

Charles O’Conor, proslavery New York Democrat A little anecdote from the New York Tribune: We publish elsewhere a letter from Mr. Charles O’Conor, clinching the doctrines of his late speech. We like Mr. O’Conor. He faces the music. He faces … Continue reading

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19th century troll?

In online discussions, “trolling” is the practice of intentionally advocating a position that is calculated to provoke an impassioned reply from others. Someone who does this habitually is a troll. If I’m not mistaken, trolling predates the internet by quite … Continue reading

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