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

Andrew Johnson

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 will shortly be confronted with the Civil Rights Act.


Public Meeting

There will be a meeting of the people favorable to the Reconstruction Policy of President Johnson at Jackson on Saturday, March 31,1866 at 1 o’clock, P.M. Speakers from all sections have been invited and are expected to be present to address the meeting come out, one and all, and let the voice of the people be heard above the howling of mad disunionists in stilling the angry waves of passion that rule the hour.

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How the People Stand.

For sustaining President Johnson’s veto:

Democracy of the North ……1,800,000
Conservative Republicans…….400,000
Voters of Southern States….1,500,000

……………………… 3,700,000

Against it:

Disunion radicals ………….800,000

Majority in favor (more than two to one)
………………………..1,900,000

Thirty-eight of the country papers of Missouri support the President in his defense of the country against the mad schemes of the Radicals, while thirteen are against him.

A majority of two thirds, therefore, favor the patriotic course of the President.

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