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May 22, 1856: Senators Will Be Senators

It all started in the Senate chamber in 1856 when Senator Charles Sumner, a Massachusetts Republican, addressed the Senate on the explosive issue of whether Kansas should be admitted to the Union as a slave state or a free state. 367 more words

Wretched Richard's Almanac

Seeking Foreign Support

May 3, 1861 – Confederate envoys met with the British foreign secretary as both the U.S. and the Confederacy moved to shore up foreign support for their respective causes. 1,396 more words

Abraham Lincoln

Slinging Insults in the Confederate State House

Things got testy in the U. S. Congress in the years before the war. Most of us know about  Preston Brooks caning Charles Sumner in the Senate chamber. 278 more words


From the beginning of our history the country has been afflicted with compromise. It is by compromise that human rights have been abandoned. – Charles Sumner http://ift.tt/1MBB4ue

Charles Sumner

No...not Donald & Ted


Anyone who by chance has missed the great History Lesson involving the decorum and elite “City-on-the-Hill-ness” of the U. S. Presidential Ruckus Election process (Republican Version) will want to read this Wiki article.   265 more words

This And That

Final Compromise Efforts

February 27, 1861 – The U.S. House of Representatives considered and defeated various measures seeking to reconcile North and South.

By the end of February, most compromise efforts had been exhausted. 732 more words

Abraham Lincoln

Still Looking for Mr. Goodbar: the fear of individual liberty and self-direction

I was much influenced by Erich Fromm’s Escape From Freedom (1941). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escape_from_Freedom. Wiki leaves out Fromm’s theory of working class authoritarianism to account for Nazism and makes him a typical social democrat, critical of experts and advertising whose origin and targets are “the mobocracy.”) This blog is about the nostalgia for monarchism providing definite authority and the novelty of free market economics. 395 more words

Charles Sumner