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black Christmas

An editorial 150 years ago today seemed at least somewhat nostalgic for the antebellum South. From The New-York Times December 25, 1867: Christmas at the South The contrast between the Christmas of to-day and the Christmas which was known before … Continue reading

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“peace at any price”?

150 years ago New York State Peace Democrats held a meeting in Syracuse ahead of the National Democrat Convention in Chicago beginning on August 29th. Fernando Wood from New York City and Clement L. Vallandigham were featured speakers. The delegates … Continue reading

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pharisees

When I read that War is Disunion in a local Democrat editorial, I thought, wouldn’t a successful secession be disunion? Here a Republican-leaning editorial put the blame squarely south of Mason-Dixon, with a little helpo from northern doughfaces and copperheads … Continue reading

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peace is the word

Back in January New York Democrat Representative Fernando Wood gave a speech in the U.S. House of Representatives in which he advocated an immediate peace. He criticized both Republicans and Southerners for being in favor of dissolution. ” Those who … Continue reading

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peace talk

The Richmond Dispatch might have (feared) and loathed Abraham Lincoln and his Black Republican party, but it didn’t like Northern Democrats much either. 150 years ago this week the newspaper reported on a speech in the U.S. Congress by New … Continue reading

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Peace: Politics and Perceptions

150 years ago there were more and more indications that at least a good chunk of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia was heading north of Mason-Dixon. A Democrat newspaper apparently thought it would be a good idea to postpone … Continue reading

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Richmond is ours!

Presidential Prophecy? From The New-York Times December 13, 1862: NEWS FROM WASHINGTON.; What the President Says About Affairs at Fredericksburgh. … WASHINGTON, Friday, Dec. 12. WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAYS. Upon receiving the news from Fredericksburgh last evening, the President is … Continue reading

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Be like Zach

Democrats throughout the North had a good deal of success in the 1862 midterm elections. The Democrats picked up 28 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives (although Republicans were still able to control the House thanks to the support … Continue reading

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Big Apple to Get Bigger?

On January 6, 1861 New York City’s mayor, Fernando Wood addressed the Common Council and broached the possible secession of New York City (everybody’s doing it!). Here’s a paragraph from his address: Much, no doubt, can be said in favor … Continue reading

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