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Andrew Reeder, proved his neutrality and impartiality by taking affirmative steps to safeguard Kansas’ second round of elections. Those elections, far more than the ill-attended, irrelevant election of an impotent delegate to Congress, would shape the…
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George Goode (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), Frank Blair, and the rest of the Missouri legislature had it out over the place of slavery in their state’s future. Would Missouri remain a southern state, not just tolerating but endorsing and trying to expand slavery? Would…
George Goode (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), Frank Blair, and the rest of the Missouri legislature had it out over the place of slavery in their state's future. Would Missouri remain a southern state, not just to...
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George Goode continued faithfully with his promise to comment only on the great issue of slavery in Missouri and not on the ongoing struggle between Thomas Hart Benton’s supporters of silence and non-agitation on slavery and David Rice Atchison’s…
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Gentle Readers, further exploration of George Goode’s speech against Frank Blair will have to wait for a day. I have received some criticism that I feel deserves a response. I love to see comments on the posts and other feedback. It’s nice simply to know…
Gentle Readers, further exploration of George Goode's speech against Frank Blair will have to wait for a day. I have received some criticism that I feel deserves a response. I love to see comments ...
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Frank Blair told the Missouri legislature that the future of the state hung in the balance. Would Missouri remain a backward slave state, scaring away immigrants and depressing its economy with slave labor? Would it oppress the white man by forbidding him…
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Looking into the origins of Kansas’ settlers, as reported in the first territorial census, turned into much more of an undertaking than I expected. From looking at national censuses, I expected a by-district tabulation of who came from where. The Howard…
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Andrew Reeder, governor of Kansas, had his census returns on March 3, 1855. With them in hand, he could draw districts and call Kansans to elect their first territorial legislature. Though Reeder had no more expertise in organizing a territory than any of…
Andrew Reeder, governor of Kansas, had his census returns on March 3, 1855. With them in hand, he could draw districts and call Kansans to elect their first territorial legislature. Though Reeder h...
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I intended to move on from Goode’s speech today. He mostly told the Missouri legislature things they could have heard anywhere. His arguments exist in probably thousands of other period documents. While the fate of Kansas more personally concerned the…
I intended to move on from Goode's speech today. He mostly told the Missouri legislature things they could have heard anywhere. His arguments exist in probably thousands of other period documents. ...
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I apologize once more for interrupting the narrative, Gentle Readers, but I do think the ability to engage with critics is important. I previously gave Mark DC this response. As you can see from his comments there, he found it insufficient and accused me…
I apologize once more for interrupting the narrative, Gentle Readers, but I do think the ability to engage with critics is important. I previously gave Mark DC this response. As you can see from hi...
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In defending Atchison, or castigating Blair, George Goode declared himself above and beyond party matters. He spoke as a statesman grappling with the great issue of the day. He declared himself neither for nor against Thomas Hart Benton. He would just…
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Men of David Rice Atchison’s bent spilled over the Missouri border to make Kansas into a slave territory. They made their choice its non-voting delegate to Congress. Along the way they ate, drank, made dire threats, and physically stopped some Kansans…
Men of David Rice Atchison's bent spilled over the Missouri border to make Kansas into a slave territory. They made their choice its non-voting delegate to Congress. Along the way they ate, drank, ...
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Andrew Reeder ordered up his census of Kansas and, as one would have trouble fraudulently residing in Kansas for a few weeks and one could always come back over for the elections instead, we can consider it a fairly good picture of settlement at the…
Andrew Reeder ordered up his census of Kansas and, as one would have trouble fraudulently residing in Kansas for a few weeks and one could always come back over for the elections instead, we can co...
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