election 1868

  1. Pat Young

    South Carolina Democrats Call for a Halt of Assassinations Nov. 1868

    Following a series of assassinations of Republicans during the weeks leading up to the Nov. 1868 elections, the South Carolina Democratic Committee issued a call to halt the assassinations. Edgefield advertiser Wednesday, Nov 04, 1868 Edgefield, SC Vol: 33 Page: 4
  2. Pat Young

    Gideon Welles: Democrats Should Have Nominated Hancock to Run Against Grant 1868

    In his Journal for Nov. 17, 1868 Gideon Welles reflected on the election of U.S. Grant as president. He criticized the selection of Horatio Seymour as the Democratic nominee and seems to think that Winfield Scott Hancock would have been a better choice.
  3. Pat Young

    "Of the structure of government...he is singularly and wonderfully ignorant" Gideon Welles on Grant

    When Ulysses S. Grant was elected president on November 3, 1868, one jaundice-eyed observer of the chief executive-elect was Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles. Unlike many others in Lincoln's cabinet, Welles had stayed in the Andrew Johnson administration and embraced the...
  4. Pat Young

    New Orleans Race Riots During the Lead Up to the Nov. 3, 1868 Presidential Election

    While many of us are familiar with the 1866 massacre of Blacks in New Orleans and the 1874 so-called "Battle of Liberty Place," there was also violent racial conflict in the city during the weeks leading up to the Nov. 3, 1868 Presidential Election, which would see Grant become president. Here...
  5. Pat Young

    How Violence Succeeded in Louisiana: Racial Violence and the Election of 1868 in One State

    One of the few bright spots for Democrats in the 1868 Presidential Election was the State of Louisiana. 71% of votes tallied were for Seymour, while only 29% were for Grant. Seymour received 80,225 votes to Grant's 33,263. The question for a lot of Americans was how a state with a majority...
  6. Pat Young

    When Grant Literally Decapitated Seymour (at least Cartoon Grant did)! Nov. 1868

    By the evening of November 3, 1868 it was pretty clear to most informed observers that Ulysses S. Grant had been elected president. If you expected his supporters to be magnanimous towards the defeated Democrats, you would be wrong, as least in regard to Harper's Weekly. Harpers' had made the...
  7. JPK Huson 1863

    Electing History, Voting Day 1864

    Harper's and Leslie's did wonderful spreads on the 1864 election, giving us an historic bird's eye view. The soldiers' vote was a huge topic- underlined by illustrations like this of a wounded vet helped to the polls by a vet from the war of 1812. Remember Dad telling us Voting Day when he was...
  8. Pat Young

    November 3, 1868 Election Day for Grant and Seymour

    In the pre-internet era, one waited a day to find out what was happening. This thread is to track newspaper reports of the voting process in the Election of 1868 and to see the results as they came in. Think of this as a reenactment of reading a newspaper on November 4 and 5, 1868. Evening...
  9. Pat Young

    Gambling on the Election of Grant: Betting in the 1868 Election

    This article describes betting on the 1868 Election at New York's fancy Astor House. The Election Pools referred to echo modern Football Pools: Herald Tuesday, Nov 03, 1868 New York, NY Page: 4
  10. Pat Young

    Tuesday Nov. 3, 1868 America Goes to Vote: The NY Herald Tells them How

    While the newspapers were filled with appeals to voters in the lead up to the November 3, 1868 elections, on Election Day New Yorkers wanted to know where they could vote, what the hours of polling were, and what safeguards were in place to protect their vote and make sure it was counted. This...
  11. Pat Young

    A fixed predetermination on the part of...the white people...to resist...impartial suffrage-La. 1868

    Here is the Supplemental Report of the Joint Committee that examined Louisiana's political violence from September 1868 to December/ https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=miun.aew6809.0001.001;view=1up;seq=1
  12. Pat Young

    "The Murder of Negroes is a Daily Occurrence" Lousiana Political Violence & the Election of 1868

    In my research I came across this report from the Louisiana General Assembly on racial and political violence in the state during the lead-up to the Election of 1868. The incidents covered ran up to September 24, 1868, hence the report did not cover the period of most intense violence right...
  13. Pat Young

    Brooklyn's Last Grant Rally Before the Election of 1868-The Boys in Blue March Again

    This October 30, 1868 campaign rally for Grant took place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) with an "outside rally" on Montague Street. I will be be at Montague Street in a few hours and I will try to get a few pictures. I am not reprinting all of the speeches given, but I thought that it...
  14. Pat Young

    "It was enough for one Presidential Candidate to make a fool of himself at thirty miles an hour"

    In October, 1868, Democratic presidential candidate Horatio Seymour boarded a train to campaign in cities around the country. This was an unusual step in his era. Some thought it undignified, while others saw it as an appropriately modern use of a new technology. Republican James G. Blaine used...
  15. Pat Young

    John Quincy Adams II Speaks in Charleston on His Opposition to the Reconstruction Acts

    John Quincy Adams II was the grandson of President John Quincy Adams. He was a Democrat and he was the Democratic nominee for governor of Massachusetts several times. He did not win election. In the fall of 1868 he visited Charleston where he spoke against the Reconstruction Acts. While he...
  16. Pat Young

    Some Democrats Wanted to Replace Their Own Presidential Ticket October 1868

    One of the odder aspects of the Election of 1868 was the insistence by some Democrats that the party needed news candidates for president and vice-president. After initially hailing the Seymour/Blair ticket, some Democratic newspapers began to clamor for replacement candidates in October 1868...
  17. Pat Young

    The Election of 1868: The Results from Klan Country

    Pulaski, Tn was the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan and no newspaper did more to promote the Klan in its early days than the Pulaski Citizen. Here were the results of the 1868 presidential ballot as reported on the Citizen's front page: Pulaski Citizen Friday, Nov 06, 1868 Pulaski, TN Vol: 10...
  18. Pat Young

    Smithsonian New Article on the St. Landry Massacre of 1868

    Smithsonian has an interesting article on the St Landry Massacre of 1868. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/story-deadliest-massacre-reconstruction-era-louisiana-180970420/
  19. Pat Young

    What It Would Take to Have Peace in the South

    American citizen Saturday, Sep 05, 1868 Canton, MS Vol: 18 Page: 3
  20. Pat Young

    South Carolina Dems and Republicans Debate Before a Black Audience in Election of 1868

    This description of a debate between Democrats and Republicans in Christ Church Parish, South Carolina is evidence that the Democratic Party both objected to Black suffrage and sought Black votes. The Charleston Daily News was a Democratic paper. Charleston daily news Monday, Oct 19, 1868...
  21. Pat Young

    "The Repugnance of White Blood for Black Blood" and the Election of 1868 Oct. 1868

    The Democratic newspaper defended Southern White Racism in the run-up to the 1868 Election. World Friday, Oct 09, 1868 New York, NY Page: 4
  22. Pat Young

    General Slocum Warns that Republicans Flirt With Race War to Secure Election

    Former General Slocum spoke out against the Republicans. World Saturday, Oct 10, 1868 New York, NY Page: 2
  23. Pat Young

    Gen. Miles Believes Repeating Rifles Imported to North Carolina to Support KKK and Seymour Oct. 1868

    This communication between North Carolina Gov. Holden and military commander Gen. Miles appeared in the pages of the Western Democrat. I have also added at the end an excerpt from the denial of the charge by the Western Democrat. Western Democrat Tuesday, Oct 13, 1868 Charlotte, NC Vol...
  24. Pat Young

    A Famous Cartoon of the Klan Hanging Carpet-Baggers Was Accompanied by Even Worse Article Sept. 1868

    The Democratic newspaper the Independent Monitor of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, published one of the most reprinted cartoons of the Reconstruction Era on September 1, 1868 titled A prospective scene in the City of Oaks, 4th of March, 1869. The cartoon depicts what would happen to carpet-baggers after...
  25. Pat Young

    Minnesota: From Rejection of Black Suffrage in 1865 to Acceptance in 1868-Three Votes

    Minnesota held three vote on extending voting rights to non-whites during the Reconstruction Era. The first vote was in 1865, the second in 1867, and the third in 1868. Here is how the votes went: 1865: Pro-Suffrage 12,170 Anti-Suffrage 14,838 1867: Pro-Suffrage 27,461 Anti-Suffrage 28,759...
  26. Pat Young

    Massive NY Rally for Blair and Against Negro Dominance October 6, 1868

    If you have ever wondered what a mass rally for a presidential candidate was like in the 1860s, this list of the massive Democratic parade for Seymour should give you an idea. It includes the names of the organized groups marching, the banners that they carried, the neighborhoods they were from...
  27. Pat Young

    Horatio Seymour Goes on the (Rail)Road to Campaign October 1868

    Horatio Seymour. His Triumphal Journey through the West. Grand Ovation at Columbus. The People Preparing More Daily Albany Argus Thursday, Oct 29, 1868 Albany, NY Vol: XLII Issue: 16296 Page: 2 \
  28. Pat Young

    Poll: Vote for President in the 1868 Election-Grant or Seymour?

    November 3 is the 150th Anniversary of the election of Ulysses S. Grant to the presidency. Who do you cast your vote for in this hard-fought contest? After you cast your vote, please leave a comment (if you want to) on why you voted for your choice. Feel free to electioneer near this polling site.
  29. Pat Young

    "Our Motto: Let the White Man Rule" Democratic Campaign Ribbon 1868

    There was no squeamishness among Democrats in 1868. The appeal to racism was forthright and unambiguous.
  30. Pat Young

    Andy Johnson Tells Seymour to Campaign in Person to Battle "Despotic Power" Oct 1868

    This letter from Andy Johnson to Horatio Seymour was published in the final weeks of the 1868 campaign. Alexandria Gazette Saturday, Oct 24, 1868 Alexandria, VA Page: 2
  31. Pat Young

    Wade Hampton, Et Al, Asks South Carolina Whites to Refrain From Assassination Oct. 1868

    Wade Hampton helped lead the Democratic State Committee in South Carolina. Charleston Mercury Thursday, Oct 29, 1868 Charleston, SC Page: 4
  32. Pat Young

    "Fred Douglass Is But A Mouthing Darkey...but with the glory of Congo Constituencies..." Oct. 1868

    This article in the Democratic Edgefield Advertiser reprints an article from the conservative Democratic paper The New York World. Edgefield Advertiser Wednesday, Oct 07, 1868 Edgefield, SC Vol: 33 Page: 3
  33. Pat Young

    Zebulon Vance Assesses Radicals, Republicans, the Election and Negro Suffrage Oct. 1868

    The Advertiser was a Democrat newspaper located near Aiken. This article reprints excerpts from a campaign speech by former North Carolina Gov. Zebulon Vance. Edgefield Advertiser Wednesday, Oct 07, 1868 Edgefield, SC Vol: 33 Page: 3
  34. Pat Young

    "For Seymour and for Blair" Campaign Song to Tune of "Bonnie Blue Flag"

    This Democratic campaign song was published in a Democratic newspaper located near Aiken. Seymour was the Democratic nominee in the election of 1868 and Blair was his running mate. Edgefield Advertiser Wednesday, Oct 07, 1868 Edgefield, SC Vol: 33 Page: 3
  35. Pat Young

    Democrats Decry Placing the Immigrant Beneath the Negro Oct. 1868

    One common Democratic appeal to immigrant voters was the "unfairness" of allowing native-born blacks to vote right after they became citizens through the 14th Amendment in 1868 whereas an immigrant had to wait five years after arriving in the United States to be able to become a citizen and...
  36. Pat Young

    "We Go to the Polls for the First Time in 8 Years...& the White Vote Will Fall Into the Ballot Box"

    A Democratic newspaper in Baton Rouge on the importance of voting in the election of 1868. Daily Advocate Wednesday, Oct 28, 1868 Baton Rouge, LA
  37. Pat Young

    A Poem in Response to a Southern White Woman Radical Oct. 1868

    Pulaski Citizen Friday, Oct 30, 1868 Pulaski, TN Vol: 10 Page: 4
  38. Pat Young

    Scalawag "means a man who dares to think for himself"

    The Charleston Advocate was a short lived newspaper aimed at the Black community in Low Country South Carolina. Founded by two Methodist Episcopal ministers, one a former USCT chaplain, it advocated for the rights of the freed people. The newspaper closed soon after the assassination of black...
  39. Pat Young

    Gen. Robert Toombs: Subjugation to the negro and the Scalawag Sept. 1868

    Robert Toombs was an important political and military leader of the Confederacy. A pre-war Whig, he became a Democrat. Here is a report on a speech he gave in support of Seymour: Edgefield advertiser Wednesday, Sep 09, 1868 Edgefield, SC Vol: 33 Page: 4
  40. Pat Young

    John B. Gordon to Black Voters "We opposed your freedom...because we had bought you" Sept. 1868

    Former Confederate General John B. Gordon reached out to Black voters during the 1868 campaign to assure them that he and other whites had opposed the freedom of Blacks because they had bought and paid for them. Daily Phoenix Wednesday, Sep 23, 1868 Columbia, SC Vol: 4 Page: 2


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