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Parts 1 and 2 C. Stearns told Kansas radicals like George Brown and Charles Robinson that they needed to cool down. Their plan, then pending and subsequently voted through at Big Springs, to organize a government of their own, raced past good sense and…
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My sources for the antislavery resistance in Kansas skew heavily to the radical end. I do what I can with the materials available to me to highlight the less radical elements as well, but I have no good repository of moderate antislavery opinion from the…
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The proslavery party within Kansas, abetted by their election-stealing Missouri neighbors, considered themselves fighting for the entire South. If slavery failed to take root in Kansas, it would soon fail in Missouri. The Missouri domino might then topple…
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A friend pointed me to James Oakes’ piece in the latest Jacobin, titled The War of Northern Aggression and available on their webpage. There Oakes describes the contemporary consensus that the North went to war to preserve the Union, rather than to end…
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The war did not end in Wilmer MacLean’s parlor, one hundred fifty years and one day ago today, but the surrender of the Confederacy’s premier field army on top of the loss of its capital and flight of its government made for something close to a final…
The war did not end in Wilmer MacLean's parlor, one hundred fifty years and one day ago today, but the surrender of the Confederacy's premier field army on top of the loss of its capital and flight...
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Kansas’ free state men had their convention. They organized a party, wrote it a platform, and called their own election for delegate to Congress set one week after the legislature called its election for the same office. Andrew Reeder would, if they had…
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We left C. Stearns in the pages of the September 22 Herald of Freedom telling us that not every antislavery Kansan went all out for the radicals’ plan to make their own government and strike at once for statehood. To bolster his credibility as a genuine…
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If any readers want to hear more about James Oakes’ ideas about emancipation’s place in…

If any readers want to hear more about James Oakes’ ideas about emancipation’s place in the Northern agenda, I’ve just found Glenn David Brasher’s review of Freedom National, where Oakes began developing them: Oakes is keenly aware that his narrative…
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We left George Brown defiantly publishing his violations of the bogus legislature’s slave codes. He bragged about how he flouted the law to say that one had no right to hold slaves in Kansas and circulated other antislavery materials including the Bible,…
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Gentle Readers, I’ve done some remodeling. Apologies to anybody who visited during the process and found things missing or gone strange. After all this time with stark white and black, I opted for more color. I think that everything is sorted and all the…
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Gentle Readers, I must disappoint you. I still intend to write a post, probably more than one, on literacy in the middle of the nineteenth century. However, the statistics are not so conveniently available as I remembered and so will require some…
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Part 1 John Stringfellow, editor of the Squatter Sovereign and Speaker of the Kansas House, defended the laws of Kansas against attacks in the St. Louis papers. Those laws, enacted by the proslavery legislature elected by fraud and under threat of…
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