Category Archives: Civil rights

May 3, 1866: Montgomery Blair on Reconstruction

The Cape Girardeau Weekly Argus of May 3, 1866 ran a lengthy essay by Montgomery Blair denouncing the Civil Rights Act and the Freedmen’s Bureau as unconstitutional impositions on the powers of the southern states. His argument starts with a … Continue reading

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April 19, 1866: Popular support for veto?

Cape Girardeau Argus, April 19, 1866. I’m wondering just how the people were polled on their attitudes toward vetoes in the 18th and 19th centuries. I think probably in the editor’s imagination. The Richmond Examiner has the following piece of … Continue reading

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April 12, 1866: Oh yeah, Congress overrode the veto.

Lobby of the House of Representatives during passage of the Civil Rights act of 1866. ******************************************* The Cape Girardeau Weekly Argus of April 12, 1866 buried this one sentence at the very bottom of the first column on the second … 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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