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Reconstruction. Speech of Hon. O.P. Morton, in the U.S. Senate, January 24, 1868, on the Constitutionality of the Reconstruction Acts

Morton, O.P.

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No publisher or place. Presumed circa 1868. Stitched pamphlet, with plain wraps, perhaps added later. Stitching appears newer and not original to the piece. A speech given in the US Senate by O.P. Morton, reflecting on the legality of Reconstruction when considering states' rights versus federal power, ultimately speaking in favor of the acts of Reconstruction due to the perceived illegality of the Confederate states' governments. Morton also reflects upon the plight of the recently emancipated slaves, recognizing the need for universal suffrage for all men, including African-Americans, despite his earlier ideas of a probationary period. In this vein he also spoke to the need of African-American soldiers during the Civil War, as well as to postwar prejudice against African-Americans. Oliver Perry Morton was a Republican senator from Indiana, also serving as governor of that state during the Civil War. He was a staunch supporter of Lincoln and considered to be a radical Republican reconstructionist, in favor of stiff penalties against the South (Wikipedia). GOOD condition. Heavy browning to the paper. Wrapper extremities very chipped, with several tears and moderate loss. Partial numerical stamp on the lower front wrap. Small chip and tear to the first page of text, with some offsetting. See Sabin 51020 for a record of this and other speeches by Morton. Bookseller Inventory # 005240

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