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The Unsuccessful Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln


Science & Tech  (tags: archaeology, discovery, history, research )

Marty
- 548 days ago - smithsonianmag.com
As he awaited the outcome of the voting on election night, November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln sat expectantly in the Springfield, Illinois, telegraph office. The results came in around 2 a.m.: Lincoln had won. Even as jubilation erupted around him



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Bob P. (425)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 7:35 am
thanks
 

Tim C. (1751)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 9:58 am
Thanks
 

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 2:42 pm
noted, thanks !
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 4:29 pm
The key part the railroads played in the lead up to the Civil War is a part of history that the public knows little about. By the 1840's and 50's, if cotton was king in the South, railroads were king in the North. The south preferred a quiet rural agrarian lifestyle, but the North had become the industrial center. With industry, came sprawling cities with labor problems, poverty, gangs, and violence. This was especially true wherever the northern railroad lines ran, whether through Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, NYC, Boston, Chicago, etc., and railroad lines were everywhere in the North. That was the problem for the northern railroad magnates, they wanted to expand South and West, but the South objected. The South did not want the urban sprawl and its problems dotting the entire South.
Don't get me wrong, abolition played a huge role in causing the war, but the railroad's culpability has been downplayed since 1865. First, many northern newspapers, including abolitionist newspapers, were financed by carrying railroad ads. Second, Lincoln had a long working history with several of the key northern railroads. Third, Lincoln was the lawyer for a southern slave owner trying to get his 2 runaway slaves back; Lincoln was successful and the 2 were returned to slavery. Fourth, the Emancipation Proclamation wasn't issued until the middle of the war in 1863, when the North was losing. Fifth, Lincoln said, if he could, he would reunite the Union without freeing a single slave. Sixth, railroad magnates financed Lincoln's campaign. 7th, “Gentlemen,” he cried to roars of approval, “this hireling Lincoln shall never, never be President!”
Notice that Lincoln was called a 'hireling" by the southern conspirator in this article, not an abolitionist or anything to do with the slavery issue; no, he was the railroad's hireling.
In the 10 years that followed the war, the railroads enjoyed the greatest expansion ever in American history. Yes, i am saying the northern railroad magnates wanted the Civil War as much as the abolitionists and the secessionists, and more than the abolitionists or the secessionists, they had the means to make sure it happened.
 

Joanne Dixon (36)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 4:54 pm
Amazing. And scary. Allan Pinkerton, while far from perfect, was nevertheless a very good thing for America on balance.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 5:46 pm
Thank you.
 

Robert Hardy (67)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 8:58 pm
History is such a bright spot when compared to TV... especially Fox News.
 
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