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In Cleveland, Ohio, thousands hear speeches at a mass meeting of the National Union League

Cleveland, Ohio, 1861, artist's impression
05/20/1863
In Cleveland, Ohio, the national convention of the Union League, meeting in the city, held a massive public event.  An estimated 12,000 people in attendance heard speeches from the gathering's chairman, Rufus P. Spalding, U.S. Postmaster-General Montgomery Blair, who called slavery the "black opium drug" of the South, James Lane of Kansas, Owen Lovejoy, John A. Bingham, and other national figures.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
"Loyal Men in Council : The Union League Convention at Cleveland, Ohio," Chicago Tribune, May 21, 1863, p. 1. 

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