Memories of the Civil War
McKinley Serving Hot Coffee To His Regiment In the Thickest of the Battle at Antietam.
from Lives of McKinley and Hobart.
Not since 1860 have the platforms of the contending parties presented an issue so signally made, so clearly and sharply defined. There is no occasion for mistake, no chance for deception.... The platform is silver, the candidate is silver.
--Leadville Herald-Democrat, Colorado, in The Daily News, Denver, 11 July 1896
The issue in many parts of the South is ... the right to life itself, so bitter is the feeling of the old Democracy against these upstarts from the despised masses of the whites. The line between the old Democracy and Populism in the South is largely a line of bloody graves. When the convention decided to endorse Bryan without asking for any pledge from the Democrats for the protection of the Populists one of its most distinguished members, a member of Congress, well known throughout the country, turned to me and said: "this may cost me my life. I can return home only at that risk. The feeling of the Democracy against us is one of murderous hate. I have been shot at many times. Grand juries will not indict our assailants. Courts give us no protection." --Henry Demorest Lloyd, "The Populists at St. Louis," Review of Reviews, September 1896
The plutocracy has once more usurped control of the Government.... Once more the millionaires of the country are in the field openly asserting that property has a divine right to rule manhood and that it is treason to deny it.... The issue against African slavery was never so vital nor so sharply defined as this.
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 13 September 1896
Whereas, Our distinguished comrade, William McKinley, has been honored by the Republican party with the nomination for president of the United States; therefore,
Resolved, That we, the Union Veteran's Patriotic League of Seattle, including in its membership sons of veterans, extend to him our hearty congratulations on the high honor conferred upon him by his nomination to the highest office in the gift of the American people; and,
Resolved, further, That we pledge to him our united support and our votes to elect him to that high office, and we earnestly call on all our comrades and their sons wherever they may be, to stand by Comrade McKinley with us in the present struggle for the nation's honor and credit, as in the past we stood shoulder to shoulder in defense of the nation's unity and integrity in the great war of the rebellion.
--Published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 10 September 1896
The same principles that made me a Republican in the early days, have today made me a Populist, and I'll tell you what they are. I remember when I was a little boy my parents were the old line abolition kind of people that believed in equal rights to all and special privileges to none. . . . We took a little paper called Uncle Lucas Child's paper, and one side of the paper bore a motto about the size of a coin in the centre of a picture--a picture of an African slave with his hands uplifted and in chains, and around the rim of the coin a motto, "Am I not a man and Brother?" That made a wonderful impression on my mind. I was taught thus in my infancy . . . to stand for the weak against the strong, for God knows the strong can take of themselves. And I say now, it is the duty of government to protect the weak.
. . . I believe, and I say it freely, that the working men and women of this country, many of them, are simply today in the shackles of industrial slavery.
--Lorenzo Lewelling (Populist Governor of Kansas), speech at Huron Place, Kansas, 26 July 1894
Cartoons on this Site Making Reference to the Civil War and Union Veterans
July 11, Harper's Weekly
August 29, Harper's Weekly
September 6, L.A. Times
September 24, L.A. Times
October 6, St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 22, Sound Money
October 28, Puck
October 31, New York Journal
... and to Slavery
5 August, Rocky Mountain News
September 26, L.A. Times
October 15, Sound Money
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