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

Discussion in 'Post Civil War History, The Reconstruction Period' started by Pat Young, Sep 19, 2018.

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Who is your choice for president in the 1868 election?

Poll closed Nov 2, 2018.
  1. Horatio Seymour (Democrat)

    12 vote(s)
    30.0%
  2. U.S. Grant (Republican)

    28 vote(s)
    70.0%
  1. Pat Young

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    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.
     
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  3. 5fish

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    Now you know everyone not going to be truthful... a third option...???
     
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    1868 Presidential slogans...

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    • "Let Us Have Peace" – 1868 presidential campaign slogan of Ulysses S. Grant
    • "Vote as You Shot" – 1868 presidential campaign slogan of Ulysses S. Grant
    • "Peace, Union, and constitutional government."Horatio Seymour

    The slogan for the 1868 Democratic National Convention was, "This is a White Man's Country, Let White Men Rule".

    Title to Grant's Campaign Song “The Man Who Saved the Nation”
     
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    My family were Democrats in the 1860's...I guess both sides were...
     
  6. 19thGeorgia

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    I can't vote. I've been disfranchised by the Radical politicians.
     
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    Me either, In Missouri just being related to someone who fought for the South could disqualify you

    However would imagine that very Republican policy would tend to make one Democrat once one could vote......
     
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    I suspect that my ancestors of voting age in 1868 split the family's votes.
     
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    As a woman, I wouldn't have had any voting rights in 1868. :mad:
     
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    I probably wouldn't have been allowed to vote either - not because I'm a woman but because I'm not American. I voted nonetheless. :D


    Please excuse me if this is getting off-topic or even into modern politics but I have a question:

    In order to understand the 1868 election better and to cast an informed vote, I read up some more on what each party stood for (making some discoveries I need to further investigate) and that's when I stumbled over the following sentence on this site:
    Now, thinking back on all the news I saw about the presidential elections in the last two decades, it suggests to me that this tradition was either at some point given up or never really followed in the first place. Or have I been misunderstanding the news feeds and it wasn't the presidential candidates that were campaigning but their parties? But in those TV duels it was always the presidential candidates opposing each other and answering questions, not some members of the parties. :confused:

    Can anyone shed some light on that please?
     
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    You're not misunderstanding it! Attitudes have just changed dramatically. At one point in time, it was considered very unseemly to campaign for oneself. Now it would look really weird to not stump for yourself. I'm not 100% sure when that changed.
     
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    That ballot is another no brain choice
     
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    i just committed voter fraud - now come, get me and lock me up :D
     
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    you could be nice and serve the gentlemen discussing politics some tea, though - and next time don't forget the cookies again [​IMG]
     
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    Only if you help. :giggle:

    It's the least you could do while committing voter fraud.
     
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    I'll have to check on a extradition treaty first.:sneaky::smile:
     
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    me? i'm discussing politics - it's important, woman





    ... i do hope i need no emoji for being period appropriate
     
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    Then you can't supervise what goes in the tea or cookies. . . . :sneaky:
     
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    I couldn't have voted for president in 1868 either, although in my home territory of Wyoming, I could have voted for territorial and local offices (but not Federal) starting in 1869. We in the Equality State (although not yet a state) were the first!

    I wouldn't have been serving tea and cookies but would have been out there agitating for Votes for Women! And probably riding astride!
     
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