Slavery, I have read so many stories, some very warm and uplifting regarding the family dynamics of slaves and the white family members, the friendships, the black slave boy and the white boy in their many adventures in the countryside, fishing, and other boyhood acts. The girls becoming friends, and the friendships through the years as the white girls married and came back for generations in friendship and interactions with the black slave family.
Wait, there’s more …
Now, Hollywood will produce a movie and show the whips and chains, BUT THIS WAS THE EXCEPTION NOT THE RULE. A beat up broken down slave was of no use to anyone, it made no sense to do these things, and slaves in Virginia from the Colonial days until emancipation were second class family members to be sure, lived and ate separate most of the time, but in private, they on may occasions had a real close slave – slave owner relationship as friends, and shared with each other, but did not want everyone to know as they would be ridiculed by neighbors and friends for doing such, but it did go on.
And so it goes.
We are now upon the 150th anniversary of the Democratic presidential convention of 1864. That convention nominated George McClellan and George Pendleton of Ohio as the Democratic ticket on a platform framed largely by Copperheads such as the recently-returned Clement Vallandigham.
Could the Democrats have done better? Tell me how. I wonder how the platform could have been different. Could Democrats have reached out to recover more members of their party by passing a more moderate platform on the conduct of the war without alienating the peace wing of the party (which, after all, had nowhere else to go unless it wanted to see a divided Democracy hand the fall contest to Lincoln). Was there a better choice than McClellan? You tell me.
… and why?
In August 1864 Abraham Lincoln was under a great deal of pressure to relent on his commitment to emancipation in order to secure his reelection. One of the people who pressured him was New York Times editor Henry J. Raymond, an associate of William H. Seward.
On August 23, 1864, Abraham Lincoln met with his cabinet. He circulated amongst his ministers a folded piece of paper, and asked them to sign it without looking at its contents. They did (as the LOC website is down until tomorrow, the image will appear here then).
Inside, one would have found the following words:
Washington, Aug. 23, 1864.
This morning, as for some days past, it seems exceedingly probable that this Administration will not be re-elected. Then it will be my duty to so co-operate with the President elect, as to save the Union between the election and the inauguration; as he will have secured his election on such ground that he can not possibly save it afterwards.
Coming just days after Lincoln had set aside suggestions that he abandon emancipation in the Confederacy as a war aim, this memorandum suggests that the president did not think his chances for reelection were very good.
Allen Guelzo offers his take here:
Courtesy of Ray Ortensie:
Verona was inspired by Valdosta, Georgia, and sits in approximately the same location, in extreme south Georgia, just a half-hour north of the Florida line. But the fictional town is not Valdosta with the name changed. There are many similarities, however. Incidentally, I have never been to Valdosta.
We hear a lot about the gallant Virginia Flaggers and how they are stretching thin their numbers to have at least a token presence (read Grayson Jennings or Barry Isenhour) everywhere in order to claim that “they” were there (really, “he” was there).
Yet we still have not seen Susan Hathaway at Washington and Lee University (her continued absence from the “front lines” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is now a matter of public knowledge). Nor have we seen the always entertaining Norwood “Tripp” Lewis at either Washington and Lee University or the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Now, we know that the Virginia Flaggers are keeping quiet when it comes to other missing persons, by one wonders why these two are also missing in action at the Flaggers’ primary venues? Oh, I know, Susan’s fans will claim she has a busy speaking schedule, as if that serves as sufficient excuse, but can they say the same for Tripp?
Maybe Tripp’s busy preparing all those suits against police and security personnel at the VMFA. Haven’t heard about that for a while.
UPDATE: I had a report that Tripp Lewis finally showed up again at the VMFA within hours of this appearing! Coincidence? :) Now let’s await his arrival at Lexington.