Monthly Archives: March 2011

Not Knowing the Future

From the perspective of 150 years later it is possible to apply penetrating hindsight to Spring 1861. For example, the March 10 edition of Civil War Emancipation was able to look at a few instances of slaves seeking sanctuary at … Continue reading

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Lincoln and the 13th Amendment (1861 version)

Disunion in the New York Times recently described Abraham Lincoln early in his presidency as a “Rookie Executive” and it was true. Lincoln had no real executive experience before becoming president, and even in his law partnership he tended to concentrate on litigation … Continue reading

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Disunion – A Moment of Unintentional Candor

Yesterday’s Disunion in the New York Times has a fascinating piece by Ben Tarnoff discussing the frustrating problems of the Confederate government in financing its war effort. Failed efforts at taxation and limited capital for borrowing in the South meant the Confederacy largely financed its … Continue reading

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Roger Taney Does a Good Deed

Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1861, is probably best remembered for writing the majority opinion in the infamous Dred Scott decision and its atrocious statement that black people “had no rights which the white … Continue reading

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Slavery in the Permanent Confederate Constitution

On March 11, 1861, the Confederate Congress, meeting in Montgomery, Alabama, adopted a permanent constitution for their new nation to supersede the provisional constitutional they had hastily adopted a little over a month before. Civil War Emancipation has already dealt … Continue reading

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The Slaves Begin to Act

In yesterday’s Disunion in the New York Times, Adam Goodheart wrote a highly significant piece related to emancipation. Goodheart relates the story of a young fugitive slave who on March 11, 1861, sought sanctuary by making his way across Charleston Harbor to … Continue reading

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Disunion – A Jewish View of American Slavery

Yesterday’s Disunion in the New York Times has a noteworthy essay by Adam Goodheart on Morris J. Raphall, rabbi of New York City’s B’nai Jeshurun synagogue during the Civil War era. In January 1861, Raphall had delivered and published an address entitled, “The Bible View … Continue reading

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