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WS 1865-09-15 The Costs of the War p 4, col A.JPG
In early Reconstruction, the Walla Walla Statesman joins other newspapers across the United States in reckoning the cost of the war. Editorials have been devoted to the financial cost, to the lost opportunity costs, but here to the human costs in…

WS 1865-09-15 Republican Party Split on Negro Suffrage p 1, col F.JPG
Here, in early Reconstruction, the Republican Party is reported to be struggling to avoid a split in its ranks over the issue of black suffrage. Many who had advocated war to save the union and - indeed - to free the slaves did not expect to set…

WS 1865-09-15 Gen Sherman on Negro Suffrage p 1, col F.JPG
U.S. Army General William Tecumseh Sherman, an active and successful Civil War military leader, is here quoted as doubtful that freed black slaves have the ability to exercise the franchise. He also suggests that a system of labor be established in…

WS 1865-09-08 National Debt a Great Blessing p 2, col E-Pt1.JPG
The Walla Walla Statesman publishes one in a series of protests against the postwar economic investment by the wealthy in government bonds, to be paid off by workingclass taxpayers. During the war itself, most Democrats - including the Statesman…

WS 1865-09-01 Democrats Win in Idaho p 2, col C.JPG
The Democratic editor of the Walla Walla Statesman reports that the Democratic Party has won handily in Idaho Territory elections. Specifically, he notes that Idaho Democrats endorse their party as "sound on the negro issue," in other words, opposed…

WS 1865-09-01 DeWitt Smith Dies p 2, col A.JPG
The Walla Walla Statesman reports the sudden death of Idaho Territory governor Clinton DeWitt Smith. Smith is said to have died of "rheumatism of the heart," acquired from exposure to the elements during a camping trip.

WS 1865-09-01 War Between Republicans p 1, col F.JPG
After the war, the Union Party - composed of Republicans and of war Democrats - divided sharply over the amendments to the U.S. Constitution that instituted black citizenship and the black male franchise, and against the legal, political, economic…

WS 1865-09-01 New Constitution of Missouri p 1, col F.JPG
The Walla Walla Statesman continues to report the unfolding Reconstruction of the United States following the Civil War. Readers were interested in many developments, including this new Missouri constitution, reported to be fraudulently foisted on…

WS 1865-09-01 Casualties p 1. col E.JPG
As the war ends, Democratic opponents of the Lincoln administration and its conduct during the war, reported the enormous costs of the Civil War in men, wealth and lost opportunities.

WS 1865-09-01 Probable Extinction of the Negro Race p 1. col C&D-Pt1.JPG
The New York World writer attempts to prove that case that emancipation will bring pestilence, starvation and gradual extermination to the black race in the United States. Arguing that "a state of freedom checks the growth of the negro population,"…