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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 30, 1865: Immigrants go to loyal counties

An editorial from the Missouri Weekly Patriot out of Springfield, dated November 30, 1865, notes that immigration into the state is apparently correlated with support for abolition and the new state constitution, and assures its readers (rather naively) that all … 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 2, 1865: Blair and the Mass Convention

The Cape Girardeau Argus of November 2, 1865 reports on the convention held in St. Louis to marshal opposition to Missouri’s 1865 Constitution. The star of the show was Gen. Frank Blair, scion of a politically powerful Missouri family, and … Continue reading

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April 18, 1864: Dispute in Congress

Speaker of the House Alexander Colfax **************************************************88 The Richmond Daily Dispatch is pleased to see an acrimonious debate in the Union Congress. The House fails to expel a couple of Democratic members (Alexander Long of Ohio and Benjamin Harris of … Continue reading

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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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November 8, 1862: South celebrates Democratic congressional gains in the North

Democratic Governor Horatio Seymour of New York, elected 1862. The Richmond Daily Dispatch reproduced an item from an unnamed Democratic northern paper about the mid-term election results. It was a bit over the top, though New York did actually go … Continue reading

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January 11, 1861: Seward speaks in Congress

William H. Seward So far as the abstract question whether, by the Constitution of the United States, the bondsman, who is made such by the laws of a State, is still a man or only property, I answer that, within … Continue reading

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January 2, 1861: Lincoln starts forming his cabinet

Lincoln Cameron Seward From the New York Tribune: Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 1861 Mr. Lincoln’s Cabinet. Republican circles were much agitated to-day, by the announcement that Mr. Seward had been appointed Secretary of State and Mr. Cameron Secretary of the … Continue reading

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Dec. 1860: Frederick Douglass isn’t impressed with Lincoln

Frederick Douglass From Douglass’ Monthly for Dec., 1860: … Nevertheless, this very victory threatens and may be the death of the modern Abolition movement, and finally bring back the country to the same, or a worse state, than Benj. Lundy … Continue reading

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