Author Archives: Max Longley

Amasa Converse, the minister who fled South after the Lincoln administration suppressed his Philadelphia newspaper (cameo appearance by Edgar Allan Poe), Part Two

Converse’s difficulties with the slavery issue were temporarily superseded on July 5, 1854, when the offices of the Christian Observer were destroyed in a fire. Converse thought all was lost and that his subscription books had been burned (the equivalent … Continue reading

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Amasa Converse, the minister who fled South after the Lincoln administration suppressed his Philadelphia newspaper (cameo appearance by Edgar Allan Poe), Part One

Rev. Amasa Converse, during his lifetime, managed to move from the North to the South, back to the North, and then – quite hurriedly, during the Civil War – back South again. He found time during all this to officiate … Continue reading

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What if…Joseph Lane of Oregon had become President in 1861?

A few years ago, I was fascinated by the possibility that a certain Joseph Lane, rather than Abraham Lincoln, might have become President in 1861. I actually accumulated quite a file of research and notes, which I have since lost. … Continue reading

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Jefferson Davis vetoes a slave-trade bill

On February 28, 1861, in Montgomery, Alabama, the newly-installed President of the newly-established Confederate States of America contemplated one of the first proposed Confederate laws sent him by the new Congress. Under the bill’s terms, importing black people into the … Continue reading

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Book Review: A House Built by Slaves

A House Built by Slaves offers a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, as seen through the eyes – the usually-but-not-uniformly-sympathetic eyes – of black visitors to the White House. The narrative also combines accounts of these visits with accounts of the … Continue reading

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Unpublished: Learning about the Civil War in Notre Dame’s archives

Archives about Catholic ecclesiastical affairs, leaders and prominent figures may not seem to be the most obvious place to look for evidence of Copperhead activity during the Civil War. But consider, for example, the James McMaster papers in the Notre … Continue reading

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