Anna Dickinson: Don't Hide Principles Behind Grant's Cigar Smoke on Votes for Blacks

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Anna Dickinson was a teen sensation as an abolitionist public speaker. She was the first woman to give a speech on a political matter before Congress. This article from the Cleveland Plain Dealer reprints part of her speech criticizing the Grant campaign and the unwillingness of many Republicans to back full civil rights for African Americans.

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Here is the cite for the article in the OP:
Anna Dickinson on General Grant
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This particular thread is disturbing because it demonstrates an over commitment to abstract political issues.
How much do blacks in Reconstruction need votes, if they can keep a school from being burned and the teacher threatened?
Four years of Republican votes v 8 years of getting a tradition of primary education started, seems to be a subtle kind of "we know what is best for the formerly enslaved" type of racism. Does this kind of person really want what is good for blacks, or does she merely want to own an issue?
In my ignorance I think the poor people of the South might have benefited more from $300M in agricultural credit, some federal subsidies to southern railroads equivalent to what was spent in the west, and federal schools protected by federal cavalry.
Maybe instead of worrying about politics so much some additional thought should have been given to improving and diversifying the southern economy. A few more carrots and not as many sticks.
 

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Swap that dress for a sack coat, or frock, & she could've passed for a soldier.

Why is it a topic? It isn't only men, women do it too- we're incomprehensively stuck on ' looks ' and females. In 2018 it's called looks shaming, implication being somehow a competition replete with judges. Unclear would be the prize one receives for being approved of.
 

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There were hundreds of women who served as soldiers.
I knew some did. She could've.

Why is it a topic? It isn't only men, women do it too- we're incomprehensively stuck on ' looks ' and females. In 2018 it's called looks shaming, implication being somehow a competition replete with judges. Unclear would be the prize one receives for being approved of.
Was just pointing out she has (in this picture) very masculine features, & could easily have passed for a male.
 
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They were only going to get the schools if they had votes.
That is a treasury of virtue approach. Here, we will give you the votes, as long as we need you to protect the national debt, and then you will be able to take care of yourself. This is the kind of thing that disappointed the late Mr. Foote. The south needed more, much more, than black suffrage. But all the attention paid to Civil Rights allowed the conservative Democratic position, with violence, to dominate the south, and the south did not get any real help. The pro development party in the south was just as weak after the war as it was between 1852-1860.
The whole thing is Reconstruction on the cheap and the people who claimed to be most righteous were the cheapest.
 
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No it isn't. In fact it has nothing to do with it. Black schools being dependent on black votes has nothing at all to do with claims of White Northern moral superiority.
Schools without federal troops were terribly exposed. Instead of worrying about Grant's cigars or his drinking maybe there should have been some recognition that the Civil War required some military enforcement, and there some people that were aware of the problem.
 

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