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Citizens of Craven County held a meeting to address the secession crisis, December 12, 1860

On December 12, 1860, citizens of Craven County met in response to the secession crisis. The meeting called for the North to adopt compromises that would protect the institution of slavery and also called for North Carolina to organize a convention…

"What Shall the South Do?," Wilmington Daily Herald, December 5, 1859

The chief actor in the affair at Harper's Ferry has expiated his crime upon the gallows. Old Brown has been hanged. What will be the result of this enforcement of the law? Will the effect be salutary upon the minds of the Northern people? Have we any…

On the chastisement of Senator Sumner, May 26, 1856

The uppermost topic in the papers, North and South, now, is the recent chastisement of Senator Sumner, by Mr. Brooks, of South Carolina. -- As was expected, the affair has been a perfect Godsend to the Abolitionists, and they evidently intend to make…

Amnesty Petition of William A. Lash, July 22, 1865

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State of North Carolina,
To his Excellency, Andrew Johnson, President of the United States:

William A. Lash, of Stokes County by this petition respectfully showeth, unto your Excellency, that he is now sixty seven years of age and has a large…

Amnesty Petition of J.J. Ward, August 3, 1865

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To the president of the United States,

The undersigned, a resident of the town of Franklinton, in the county of Franklin, state of North Carolina, a teacher by profession, aged 58 years, respectfully requests to His Excellency, Andrew Johnson,…

Craven County meeting resolutions, December 12, 1860

"A large portion of the citizens of Craven" met in a meeting on December 12, 1860, to discuss "the present alarming state of national affairs." The citizens noted that white North Carolinians possessed a common interest with the "slaveholding states"…

Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896)




MR. JUSTICE BROWN, after stating the case, delivered the opinion of the court.

This case turns upon the constitutionality of an act of the General Assembly of the State of Louisiana, passed in 1890, providing for…

The House Joint Resolution proposing the 14th amendment to the Constitution, June 16, 1866

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Section 1.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall…

The House Joint Resolution proposing the 15th amendment to the Constitution, December 7, 1868

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Fortieth Congress of the United States of America;

At the third Session, Begun and held at the city of Washington, on Monday, the seventh day of December, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight.

A Resolution Proposing an amendment to the…

Report of the Joint Select Committee to Inquire into the Condition of Affairs in the Late Insurrectionary States, Testimony of Giles Leitch, July 31, 1871


GILES LEITCH sworn and examined.

The Chairman, (Mr. Pool.) As this witness was called at the instance of the minority of this committee, Mr. Blair will please commence his examination.

By Mr. Blair:
Question. Where do you reside?

Answer: I…