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Editorial, New York World, February 20, 1866

Manton Marble, detail
The flagship Democratic newspaper, the New York World under the editorship of Marton Marble, reacted with satisfaction to President Johnson's veto of the Freedmen's Bureau bill the day before. Calling the legislation "one of the most mischievous and dangerous measures that ever passed the two Houses," Marble praises the President profusely but also concentrates on the prospects that Congress will overturn the veto. He concludes that the veto will be sustained with the aid of moderate Republican votes and that the Constitution will be preserved. He holds that from now on Congress will be "powerless to interfere unconstitutionally with the rights of the States and deprive them of the control of their own affairs." Interestingly, he also ends his piece with the Democrat talking point that will be used as a center-point of President Johnson's provocative speech two days later in Washington, that the Constitution may have been held in abeyance during the war but now the Johnson Administration has "taken down and unrolled" the country's governing document once again. (By John Osborne)


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