Category Archives: Franchise

January 11 and 18, 1866: Loyalty oaths, and anti-suffrage sentiment

The Cape Girardeau Weekly Argus of January 11 and 18th both had some items of interest. Firstly, as we’ve seen, though the paper is strongly Unionist, the editorial policy favors union (and restoration of the status of the seceded states) … Continue reading

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December 21, 1865: A little of this and that.

Woman on the ice at St. Louis, 1905 ******************** A variety of items from the Dec. 21, 1865 Cape Girardeau Weekly Argus. First, a note about the ice on the Mississippi breaking up at St. Louis. This may sound strange … Continue reading

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November 23, 1865: Universal Suffrage?

John Mercer Langston The Cape Girardeau Argus of November 23, 1865 was mainly devoted to discussion of the proposed gravel road connecting Cape Girardeau and Bloomfield, but it did find room to quote a rival paper and take a poke … Continue reading

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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 9, 1865: Miscellaneous items

“Thomas Clement Fletcher” by Missouri Life Inc. – Missouri Governor Portraits. The Cape Girardeau Argus of November 9, 1865 has a number of items of interest. First, Governor Fletcher shows himself to be a somewhat moderate Radical, asking for modifications … 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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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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May 7, 1865: Chase advocates black suffrage

Chief Justice Salmon Chase wrote to Lincoln before his assassination advocating enfranchising freed slaves. Afterward, he had the letters printed up for distribution, and he sent copies to Sherman (see response yesterday), and to Schofield. Official Records: U. S. STEAMER … Continue reading

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