Category Archives: Abolitionism

November 12, 1862: Democrats, get over it.

The New York Times editor gives a very cogent argument for the Emancipation Proclamation, and in particular for the view that the Democrats shouldn’t get all excited calling it abolitionism, because it’s purely a war measure. a) If the Republicans … Continue reading

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October 31, 1862: Nothing scares the South like emancipation

A letter to the editor of the New York Times says that it’s just politicians complaining about the Emancipation Proclamation; in the field, the army says it’s about time we used all our weapons to win the war. The letter … Continue reading

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October 17, 1862: Democrats can’t preserve the Union

The New York Times editor describes a conversation with a captured rebel, calling for the Democrats to win — but concludes that it’s all a ruse. The Democrats will wind up letting the South secede because they’re not unconditionally unionist. … Continue reading

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October 15, 1862: An overview of the Western situation

Buell. Would he be faster in 3D? A correspondent for the New York Times gives a pretty rosy view of the outcome of the summer and fall campaigns in the west. Bragg is routed, Van Dorn and Price are beaten, … Continue reading

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October 9, 1862: London News says emigration won’t work

The New York Times reprinted an editorial from the London News, arguing that the solution to the fate of the freed slaves was to employ them as soldiers and in industry, not to colonize them to Africa. From the London … Continue reading

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October 3, 1862: We can’t afford emancipation

The Richmond Daily Dispatch wasn’t pleased with the Emancipation Proclamation, as we’ve seen. Here the editor goes on to warn that it will divide the North, and ruin the economy of the nation. And of course result in the descent … Continue reading

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October 1, 1862: Frederick Douglass on the Emancipation Proclamation

Frederick Douglass, in Douglass’ Monthly for October 1862, celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation, and calls for renewed resolve to defeat the rebellion. EMANCIPATION PROCLAIMED Common sense, the necessities of the war, to say nothing of the dictation of justice and humanity … Continue reading

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September 30, 1862: The Richmond Daily Dispatch does not care for the Emancipation Proclamation

The editor of the Richmond Daily Dispatch, predictably, isn’t too happy about the Emancipation Proclamation. There’s also a certain element of “I told you so” in there. Southern radicals had insisted that the Republicans would abolish slavery, and here they … Continue reading

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September 24, 1862: “Then, henceforward, and forever free”

The president proclaims freedom. Note that this proclamation does not merely free slaves in places the Union government did not control; it abrogates the Fugitive Slave Act, assuring that any former slave who escaped to the North would be free. … Continue reading

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September 22, 1862: Free black men in Ohio

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reproduces a report from an Ohio paper complaining about freedmen “degrading white labor”. First fruits of Africanizing Ohio. –Several farmers of the Abolition persuasion in Athens County–we might mention Pedro and Simpson — have negroes employed … Continue reading

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