By Robert B. Downs
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From the time of Lincoln’s nomination for the presidency until eventually his assassination, John G. Nicolay served because the Civil struggle president’s leader own secretary. Nicolay turned an intimate of Lincoln and possibly knew him in addition to a person outdoor his family. not like John Hay, his subordinate, Nicolay saved no diary, yet he did write a number of memoranda recording his chief’s dialog that shed direct gentle on Lincoln.
In 1855, this former Mexican battle colonel and Indiana congressman entered Kansas Territory to take a number one position in its quest for statehood, and over the subsequent twelve years he a likely inconsistent ideological direction from pro-Douglas Democrat to loose Stater to pro-Lincoln Republican. His fiery stump speeches and radical rules gained him a Senate seat in addition to a military of critics and a cloud that hangs over his acceptance to at the present time.
After the Civil conflict, Congress required ten former accomplice states to rewrite their constitutions prior to they can be readmitted to the Union. An voters composed of newly enfranchised former slaves, local southern whites (minus major numbers of disenfranchised former accomplice officials), and a small contingent of "carpetbaggers," or outdoors whites, despatched delegates to 10 constitutional conventions.
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Virginia and the states north of it wanted the African slave trade suppressed; by denouncing the commerce, Virginians could win points for compassion, knowing all the while that if foreign importations ceased, Virginia slaves would become more valuable. The delegations from the Carolinas and Georgia, by contrast, sought to have the slave trade protected. Establishing a pattern that would be endlessly repeated during the ensuing decades, South Carolinians took up the proslavery mantle and issued threats: delegates John Rutledge and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney said that South Carolina could not join the proposed Union if the slave trade were prohibited.
It had to be, for Federalists were taken to task, during and after the convention, by those who maintained that the very formation of the Constitution was disunionist, as was the stipulation that only nine of thirteen states need ratify it to establish the Union. After all, the Constitution was dissolving the old Union of the 24 Δ Prologue Articles of Confederation. Moreover, anti-Federalists such as James Winthrop of Massachusetts contended that centralization would lead to disunion, because an overbearing federal government would alienate the states.
The system of law enforcement that developed in the South is documented by runaway notices that slaveholders ran in their newspapers: When a slave ﬂed, the master typically printed a description of the fugitive and promised a reward for his or her capture and return. Thousands of these advertisements survive from the colonial era, and their descriptions of slaves with lashed backs, broken teeth, brand marks, cropped ears, and other deformities caused by deprivation or punishment testify to the conditions in which slaves lived.