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In New York City, a massive Douglas Democrat campaign barbecue draws tens of thousands

Stephen Arnold Douglas, 1858, detail
09/12/1860
New York City Democrats hosted a massive barbecue in Jones' Woods, an Upper East Side beer garden with Senator Douglas and other local Democrats in attendance.  The "Grand Political Carnival and Ox-Roast" drew a reported twenty to thirty thousand people, all provided with free barbecued beef and pork from city butchers.  All meats and 2000 loaves of bread disappeared in minutes. Douglas spoke at length in the afternoon, as did August Belmont.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The Douglas Barbecue - Thirty Thousand People in Jones' Wood," New York Times, September 13, 1860. 

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