Category Archives: William Yancey

March 29, 1862: Yancey not captured

Yancey The New York Times ran several stories in March claiming that William Lowndes Yancey had been captured on board the blockade runner William Mallory, by the Union ship Water Witch. The reports were erroneous, as this correction shows: Mr. … Continue reading

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January 26, 1861: Alabama convention encounters some backlash.

William Lowndes Yancey The Alabama Convention, having passed an ordinance of secession on January 11, remained in session dealing with constitutional matters — or, as the New York Times’ correspondent suggests, maintaining their grip on power. From the New York … Continue reading

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October 10, 1860: Yancey speaks at Cooper Union

William Lowndes Yancey, the fire-eating secessionist, speaks in New York. The New York Times ran an editorial the day of his speech: Information Wanted. It is announced that Mr. WM.L. YANCEY is to address the public on the political issues … Continue reading

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Yancey in Maryland on slavery and the constitution

The New York Times reports a speech given by William Lowndes Yancey on September 26, 1860. Hon. WM. L. YANCEY, who is stumping in support of the Breckinridge ticket, spoke yesterday at Easton to a large and enthusiastic audience. Mr. … Continue reading

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Yancey stumps the North

William Lowndes Yancey The fire-eater William Lowndes Yancey of Alabama made a speaking tour of Northern cities before the election. An article in the New York Tribune of September 24, 1860 critiqued Yancey’s speech: Next to the certainty of the … Continue reading

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Yancey the Fire-Eater

William Lowndes Yancey The New York Times of August 20, 1860 reports that the Breckinridge Democrats are uneasy: The Seceders have believed that they could either defeat LINCOLN, and by carrying the election into the House secure the Presidency through … Continue reading

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The Slave Trade

The slave trade was abolished in America by Congressional action on January 1, 1808, with strong support from both North and South. By the late 1850s, though, a few southern “fire-eaters” were calling for it to be resumed. A couple … Continue reading

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