Written by H.M. Ranney
"There was a combination of exciting causes—the feeling against England and Englishmen, handed down to us from the Revolution, and kept fresh by the insults and abuse of British writers on American manners—the injury committed against Forrest, with Macready as its presumed cause, and this was increased by the fact of Macready playing at the aristocratic, kid-glove Opera House."
In a time when duels settled "matters of honor," insults, perceived or real, could easily lead to violence. When New Yorkers felt that one of their own was injured by "a combination of the aristocracy against the people, and in support of English arrogance," even by just one man, violence did erupt. Twenty-two died, and thirty were injured in a night of rioting brought on by a spat between two actors who came to represent their respective countries to opposing forces.
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Written by Hamilton Mabie, et. al.
"I speak the truth, painful, humiliating, and terrible as it is; and because I am bold and faithful to do so, am I to be branded as the calumniator and enemy of my country? Sir, it is because my affection for her is intense and paramount to all selfish considerations that I do not parley with her crimes."
An inconvenient truth, which defies the modern race narrative, is that white, Christian men and women of strong faith planted the seeds of black emancipation finally harvested after the American Civil War, where 642,427 Union soldiers, sailors and marines became casualties to preserve the Union and end slavery. What started as a trickle ended as a torrent as the demand from white citizens for black emancipation grew strong enough to carry the Union though the bleakest days of the struggle. William Garrison was ahead of the country on the matter of slavery, but through his work, and that of others who braved censure, beatings and worse, the nation caught up.
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