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The days before the Civil War caused much anxiety and created speculation among Americans about the nation's future. In a letter to his mother, Stephen Higginson describes his opinion on the best course of action for the American government. He sees the "Constitution of '89" as a "bad pro-Slavery" document. Rather than going through the slow process of amending it over time, he thinks "it is high time to have done such a Union." At the end of his letter, Stephen tells his mother "you asked me some time ago to give you a dish of politics" which indicates that although restricted from formal engagement in politics, women often took a keen interest.


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Partial letter to Louisa Higginson from son regarding politics and slavery

author   Stephen Higginson II (1808-1870)
date   Jan 4, 1861
location   Cambridge, Massachusetts
width   5.0"
height   8.0"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Personal Documents/Letter
accession #   #L05.043

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