Category Archives: Politics

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the 1864 Election

Among the many rich rhetorical legacies US presidents have left to future generations, the Gettysburg Address dwarfs them all. Lincoln took scarcely more than two minutes to deliver a worthy tribute to fallen Federal soldiers and paint an inspirational vision … Continue reading

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“Shooting The Christmas Turkey”: Another Look at Slavery, Expansion, & The 1848 Election

There’s nothing quite like a 19th Century political cartoon. I stumbled across this one a week or two ago on the Library of Congress website and it was an interest reminder of 1840’s political events leading to the Civil War. … Continue reading

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Echoes of the Reconstruction Era: The Political Violence of 1868

ECW welcomes back Patrick Young, author of The Reconstruction Era blog Over the last month I have been researching political violence during the lead-up to the Election of 1868. This is remembered today as the year that Ulysses S. Grant … Continue reading

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Thank You for Your Role in “The Great Task”

If you voted in this year’s election, I’d like to say “Thank you.” It doesn’t matter who you voted for—what matters is that you voted. It looks like participation is going to end up north of 65%, a modern record … Continue reading

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Hancock’s Response To The 1880 Election Results

As I’m writing this on the evening to November 4 to be published in the morning of the 5th, the modern presidential election remains undecided. I’ve spent the day keeping an eye on projections and results until my head was … Continue reading

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“This Momentous Day”: Presidential Elections & Process in 19th Century New York City

These last few weeks I’ve been reading George Templeton Strong’s diaries. The New York lawyer recorded a variety of topics in his extensive volumes; election days and politics often made the pages. Instead of getting into the details of each … Continue reading

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The 1858 New Orleans Mayoral Election

This article was co-written with Michael Kraemer, a PhD student at The Ohio State University In 1803, the United States bought the Louisiana Territory from Napoléon Bonaparte. It contained many independent Native American nations, as well as New Orleans, which … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 11/2-11/8/20

Who’s your favorite U.S. senator from the era of 1850-1865? Why?

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BookChat with Sam Hood, author of Patriots Twice

I was pleased to spend some time recently with a new book by Stephen “Sam” Hood, Patriots Twice: Former Confederates and the Building of America after the Civil War, a new release from Savas Beatie (click here for details). CM: … Continue reading

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Perceptions of Emancipation in Gettysburg, Part Three

ECW welcomes back guest author Jon Tracey The conclusion of a series (Part One, Part Two) As seen in Part One and Part Two, Gettysburg was a border town caught directly in the midst of national debates on emancipation during … Continue reading

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