Category Archives: Emancipation

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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December 14, 1865: Proposed civil rights law

Henry Wilson of Massachusetts ******************** The 13th amendment now being ratified, senators debate a proposal to make the freedom of black Americans meaningful by providing protection for their rights. It doesn’t get far. SECURITY FOR FREEDOM. Mr. WILSON, of Massachusetts, … Continue reading

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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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August 2, 1865: Foote says give freedmen the vote.

The New York Times publishes a letter from former Mississippi governor Henry Foote, advocating approval of the thirteenth amendment. SOUTHERN AFFAIRS.; State of the South and Negro Suffrage. LETTER FROM H.S. FOOTE. Published: August 2, 1865 The Montreal papers publish … Continue reading

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June 29, 1865: Ending slavery in Kentucky

The New York Times reports a speech by Kentucky governor Bramlette. He advocates ratification of the 13th Amendment and establishing a free labor system. I’m not sure what his point was about the ownership of land; was he advocating redistribution … Continue reading

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May 18, 1865: Was the war a victory for democracy?

The New York Times comments on a letter to the London Times, in which the writer argues that “”Sir, the North has succeeded, but not because it is a democracy; the South has failed, but not because it is an … Continue reading

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January 13, 1864: The opposition and slavery

Money quote from this New York Times editorial: “It is indeed astonishing that men in the North, who never saw a slave, and who have not a dollar’s worth of interest in the institution, are so much more concerned for … Continue reading

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January 2, 1864: Cleburne proposes arming slaves.

General Cleburne and large number of his subordinates write to Johnston, recommending that slaves be enlisted as troops and promised emancipation. The letter is long, and I’ve summarized its main points below. Things are going badly for the South, and … Continue reading

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December 24, 1863: Indian reconstruction

The New York Times reports on efforts to make peace with Indian tribes who affiliated with the Confederates. They will have to free their slaves; the Creeks have already agreed to do so. Washington, Thursday, Dec. 24. As the terms … Continue reading

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August 2, 1863: Emancipation in Missouri

The New York Times lauds the state of Missouri for the planned emancipation of slaves by its legislature. Emancipation in Missouri. The moral victories of the nation in this war are less observed and gloried in than the victories won … Continue reading

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