Tag Archives: Washington D.C.

pre-dawn queues

150 years ago today recently enfranchised black men in the District of Columbia once again took advantage of their new right to vote in large numbers at a local election. The presumably more progressive Republicans won  all the city-wide races … Continue reading

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and the freedmen are ignorant?

In January 1867 the United States Congress passed a law over President Johnson’s veto that guaranteed the right to all men in the District of Columbia “without any distinction on account of color or race.” 150 years ago today black … Continue reading

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unfazed

As 1867 began, newspaper headlines indicated that the United States Congress was definitely planning on impeaching President Andrew Johnson. The president wasn’t cowed. On January 7th Congress received his veto of An act to regulate the elective franchise in the … Continue reading

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straggling home

150 years ago today President Andrew Johnson’s Swing Around the Circle tour concluded. According to the September 16, 1866 issue of the The New-York Times crowds in York Pennsylvania, Baltimore and Washington were mostly supportive with no reported heckling. From … Continue reading

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emancipation celebration

[I forgot to publish this yesterday morning. The celebration occurred April 19, 1866. Sorry] 150 years ago today Washington, D.C. celebrated the April 16, 1862 abolition of slavery in the nation’s capital. Thanks to Google and the University of Tennessee … Continue reading

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The dangers of annoying speech

Gutsy Lady From the Richmond Daily Dispatch August 15, 1862: Arrest of a female in Washington. During the progress of the late Union demonstration at Washington, it is stated that– A lady in the crowd was arrested for “speaking in … Continue reading

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Soul-Stirring in Georgetown

As Civil War Daily Gazette explains, 150 years ago today Abraham Lincoln signed into law a measure that freed all slaves in the District of Columbia. The following little story tends to show the southern attitudes that still existed in … Continue reading

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Confederate Deterrence Along the Potomac

From The New-York Times August 6, 1861: THE GREAT REBELLION.; IMPORTANT NEWS FROM WASHINGTON. … WASHINGTON, Monday, Aug. 5. … DANGERS OF NAVIGATION. The city is now with the mercury at 95°, nearly out of ice — the scarcity being … Continue reading

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