"Let Us Reason Together," July 2, 1867
In this July issue of The Old North State, a certain type of anger can be seen in the writing. Men were beginning to speak out on the unfairness of the acts being presented. To the men who considered themselves to be role models of the Southern cause, the acts of Congress left their voice out of any legislation. They asked how lawmakers “will aid in the elevation of those who were on the southern side, will help to consecrate Confederate sentiments and sympathies, and make the confederate cause supreme in the South?” It was realized throughout the South, during the early stages of Reconstruction that the Northern Republicans were not likely to take pity and negotiate terms with Southern leaders. At this point in the progression of the acts, the South was left to determine if they would let the acts continue to gain momentum or try to speak out on behalf of the southern people. The transcribed excerpt shows the first passage on the thoughts of the Southern people. For the full text, see the PDF file.
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