The Attorney General's Opinion

WS 1865-07-21 The Attorney General's Opinion p 2, col C-Pt1.JPG
WS 1865-07-21 The Attorney General's Opinion p 2, col C-Pt2.JPG

Title

The Attorney General's Opinion

Subject

Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)

Description

The Walla Walla Statesman editorializes with approval that U.S. Attorney General [James] Speed does not seem to favor any amendments to the Constitution of the United States, including the 14th and 15th, which would confer citizenship on and enfranchise black men. Considering the Constitution as perfect a governing document as man can make, Speed remarks that "reconstruction" is not the right term to describe the "restoring order and reorganizing society" that must take place in the wake of the war. This editorial speaks to the distaste many territorial settlers felt for black equality, as embodied in the two postwar amendments.

Abstract

The editor of the Walla Walla Statesman quotes with approving commentary an opinion of U.S. Attorney General James Speed.

Source

Walla Walla Statesman

Publisher

Walla Walla W.T.: R.R. and S.G. Rees

Date Issued

1865-07-21

Medium

Web

Type

article

Bibliographic Citation

Vol. IV, No. 32, p. 2, col. C

Provenance

Washington Secretary of State: Historic Newspapers

URL

http://sos.wa.gov/history/newspapers.aspx

Start Page

2

End Page

2