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South Carolina Mourns the Death of Thaddeus Stevens

Discussion in 'Post Civil War History, The Reconstruction Period' started by Pat Young, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. Pat Young

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    The August 14, 1868 New York Times had this account of the official mourning period for Thaddeus Stevens.

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    Not surprising that a Carpetbag Legislature would recognize Stephens. It's sort of telling that the New York Times would include this 'news' along with other, mundane business.
     
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    Most South Carolinians had been slaves before the 13th Amendment. Stevens was a consistent advocate for the majority of the state's citizens.
     
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    And the New York Times reports this, how? It doesn't, only that Thaddeus Stephens is dead, plus mundane legislative action in South Carolina.

    It's pretty revealing, thanks for posting.
     
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    The Times gave extensive coverage to the death and funeral of Stevens. It was a much smaller paper then than now, and tended to group news from a state in short summaries.
     
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    An excellent point... it's so easy to think of South Carolina around 1860 plus or minus 10 years or so as the White South Carolina. When the reality is that before the war it was mostly Black slaves and after the war it was mostly freed Black former slaves.
     
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    Thanks. Proportionally, no state benefited more from emancipation than South Carolina.
     
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    That would have occurred during Radical Reconstruction during the reign of carpetbagger Governor Robert K. Scott.
     
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    You mean the first legislature for which blacks could vote, I believe.
     
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    Yes and I believed the first legislature in the US to be dominated by blacks.
     
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    No, Thaddeus Stevens was an iconic Statesman and a towering figure in the politics of the day. It is not unheard of to honors one political opponent in death...
     
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    ...and genocide for the other.
     
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    All had previously been dominated by whites.
     
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    Not sure what this has to do with Thaddeus Stevens. Of course black people in the South, and elsewhere in America are going to admire him and mourn his passing. He fought relentlessly, in court and in Congress, for their rights as human beings. He had some mighty hard things to say about the CSA, but they were at war.
     
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    Stay on topic, please.
     
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    This resolution was adopted at the Union Republican state convention in Tennessee:

    Tennessee Radical State Convention. Large Assemblage of Radical Rag-Tag and Bobtail at Nashville. A Characteristically
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    Memphis Daily Avalanche
    Saturday, Aug 15, 1868
    Memphis, TN
    Vol: 11
    Issue: 187
    Page: 1

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    Have to say, North Carolina papers are so vitriolic you get the idea someone would have been happy to dig the guy up just to be able to bury him all over again. Steven's death is sure announced- description of his professional career, honors in government etc. Then all heck breaks loose. Gee whiz. Makes you wonder if he wasn't very popular.....( that's a joke, before anyone fills me in )
     
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    Define "Carpetbag Legislature" for us please? We wouldn't want any confusion from future readers/posters on what you intend with this comment.

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