Category Archives: Vigilantes

October 19, 1860: More suppression of free speech in the South

Vigilantes An article from the Jackson Semi-Weekly Mississippian, October 19, 1860: A Female Emissary.             An examination was held at Charleston, S. C., on Friday morning, by Mayor Macbeth, of one Mrs. Catherine Bottsford, a female of rather prepossessing appearance, … Continue reading

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October 17, 1860: Refugees arrive from Texas

From the Leavenworth, KS Daily Times:   Twelve families, numbering some sixty or seventy persons, arrived in town on Wednesday last, [Oct. 17] directly from Texas, driven away by the terrible destruction of human life which is now being carried … Continue reading

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How to convert a Democrat

A story in the White Cloud Kansas Chief from September 27, 1860 presents a strong argument against “popular sovereignty”. The writer finds that the territories — or even the frontier states — don’t protect free speech well enough to allow … Continue reading

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Lynching in Alabama

Lynched man, 1920s From the Tallapoosa Times (Dadeville, AL), September 6, 1860: Threatened Insurrection. The citizens of our Town, and vicinity have been in quite a state of excitement for some days past. Vague rumors of a contemplated insurrection, which … Continue reading

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Vigilance committees

Vigilantes take Harpers’ artist’s sketches in Memphis In the Fayetteville Arkansian, August 31, 1860: For Kansas. The Vigilance Police appointed by the late Public Meeting are doing their duty.—One man who has been residing in this town some time, was … Continue reading

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