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"The Mask Removed," Chicago Tribune, February 21, 1866

Horace White, 1854, detail
In a scathing editorial, the Chicago Tribune reacts to President Johnson's veto of the Freedman's Bureau bill two days before. The probably author, Republican stalwart and editor-in-chief Horace White, first turns his fire towards moderate Republicans in politics and the press who he claims have enabled and encouraged Johnson to reject the proposal. He then castigates Johnson's veto message, drawing particular attention to the President's reliance on "the wisdom and experience of ages taught our fathers" to call the bill unconstitutional, pointedly stating that the experience of the ages dictated that treason, such as practiced recently by the South and its supporters, be punished by death. (By John Osborne)


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