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Did Frederick Douglass Influence “The Blind Memorandum”?

The timing. The national circumstances. The reports of what two great men discussed. It raises the question: did Frederick Douglass influence Abraham Lincoln’ decision to draft the document referred to as “The Blind Memorandum”? On August 23, 1864 – one … Continue reading

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A Postscript to Lincoln’s Blind Memorandum

One of best-known stories about Lincoln concerns his so-called “blind memorandum.” On the morning of August 23, Lincoln took a sheet of paper from his desk and scribbled a note to himself, his cabinet, and (ultimately) the nation: This morning, … Continue reading

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Long Abraham Lincoln a Little Longer: Soldier Voting in the Election of 1864 Pt. 3  

Despite provisions by most states, efforts by the Democratic Party ensured widespread disenfranchisement of many Union soldiers. Every state that attempted to amend legislation to provide for some method of soldier voting failed if voted on by a legislature with … Continue reading

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