Monthly Archives: September 2015

September 28, 1865: A response to the Boston Letter

(I don’t have a picture of the writer, so here’s Andrew Johnson, to whom the response is addressed.) In late August of 1865, a group of some 200 Bostonians, including a US Congressman, a former president of Harvard, and several … Continue reading

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August 25, 1865: The Boston Letter

Jared Sparks The letter below was signed by a large group in Boston. It makes a detailed argument for black suffrage, based both on justice and expediency. The signers include Jared Sparks, president of Harvard University from 1849-1853, Nathaniel Thayer, … Continue reading

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September 21, 1865: A reply to “Anxious Parent”

Last week a letter to the editor from “An Anxious Parent” asked some probably rhetorical questions about the implementation of the Ironclad Oath in the new Missouri Constitution. This week’s Argus runs a response from a strong Unionist. Mr. Editor: … Continue reading

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September 21, 1865: Challenges to the Ironclad Oath

The Cape Girardeau Argus reports, perhaps with a hint of approval, on some challenges to the new Ironclad Oath in the Missouri 1865 Constitution. The New Constitution Father Cummings, a Catholic priest of Louisiana, Mo., has been fined $500 in … Continue reading

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September 14, 1865: An anxious parent

An item in the Cape Girardeau Weekly Argus, 9/14/1865. Apparently a local is getting a little snarky about the new “Drake” constitution of Missouri, passed in April, 1865, which included the ‘Ironclad’ or ‘Kucklebur’ Oath, which was contained in Article … Continue reading

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