Category Archives: Freedmen’s Bureau

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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March 29, 1866: More celebration of the veto of the Freedmen’s Bureau bill

Charles Sumner ************************************ The Cape Girardeau Argus once again rejoices over Andrew Johnson’s veto of the bill extending the Freedmen’s Bureau. This time the article is from the front page, usually reserved for “literary” efforts — stories, poetry, humor, etc. … Continue reading

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March 22, 1866: Supporting Johnson’s veto of the Freedman’s Bureau bill

The Cape Girardeau Argus continues here in its support for Johnson’s view of Reconstruction, a view in which the rights of freed former slaves apparently need no protection. On February 19, Johnson vetoed the bill extending the Freedman’s Bureau. He … Continue reading

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