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Collection Reference Number GLC04714
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1858 
Title Astounding Disclosures!
Date 18 August 1858
Author Goodenow, Robert (1800-1874)  
Document Type Broadside
Content Description An inflammatory Republican attack on the Democratic Party. Subtitled: "What will the Pirate Democracy do next!" Attacks Democrats over Kansas, slavery, and general corruption of the party. In the second half of the broadside, Goodenow, a Congressman from Maine, defends himself against a Democratic attack on his own activity settling an estate, subtitled "The Lie is nailed to the Counter! A Statement of Facts."
Subjects Politics  Republican Party  Democratic Party  Bleeding Kansas  Slavery  African American History  Corruption and Scandal  Congress  Government and Civics  Estate  Morality and Ethics  
People Goodenow, Robert (1800-1874)  
Place written Farmington, Maine
Theme Government & Politics; African Americans; Slavery & Abolition
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information By 1858, a growing number of Northerners believed that two fundamentally antagonistic civilizations had evolved in the nation, one dedicated to freedom, the other opposed. They had come to believe that their society was locked in a life or death struggle with an aggressive slave power which had seized control of the federal government and imperiled the liberties of free people. Declared the New York Tribune: "We are not one people. We are two peoples. We are a people for Freedom and a people for Slavery. Between the two, conflict is inevitable." At the same time, an increasing number of Southerners expressed alarm at the growth of antislavery and anti-southern sentiment in the North. This broadside, entitled ASTOUNDING DISCLOSURES!, underscores the political polarization that was taking place as the 1850s drew to a close.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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