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Extreme Remedies and the Charleston Mail Crisis of 1835

In the mid-1830s, abolitionists were searching for new ways to get their message to the enslavers in the South. Having already utilized the postal service to much effect, they undertook an even broader mass mailing project that sent the city of Charleston, South Carolina into a rage-filled panic. It was,

An Immense Cavalcade of Black Horsemen – The Rise and Fall of Emancipation Day After the Civil War

In the previous post about Emancipation Day, we looked at the various dates and reasons why the black communities of the Americas celebrated their freedom prior to and during the Civil War. Rather than simplifying matters, the war gave participants a slew of other dates to choose from. By the

An Admirable Demonstration – Celebrating Emancipation Day Before the Civil War

Emancipation Day is one of our nation’s oldest and longest-celebrated holidays, predating Memorial Day, Mothers Day, even Thanksgiving. Despite this, there is not even a single unofficial date when we commemorate the manumission of our nation’s slaves. A look to the pre-Civil War history of the observation may give us some clues as to why that is.

Lincoln and Davis and The Agreement Against Popular Sovereignty

It was more than happenstance that pitted Abraham Lincoln against Jefferson Davis. They disagreed upon almost everything there was to disagree upon. From family background to head-wear, these two presidents could hardly have been more different. But there was one area of thought upon which they agreed: Popular Sovereignty. Though

‘And To Let the Negroes Go Free’ – The Questioned Legality of Military Emancipation

Decades after the war, Jefferson Davis complained that the United States army had illegally emancipated the South’s slaves. A fairly brief look at international law as well as precedence set in the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 show the former Confederate President to be mistaken.