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E.J. Bantz to Andrew Johnson, February 25, 1866

Vermillion County, Illinois, 1857
This letter from a Vermilion County, Illinois farmer, E.J. Bantz, is representative of the many received from Democrats and others that endorsed his emerging policies on Reconstruction. Bantz applauds Johnson's published response to a group of African-American leaders visiting the White House two weeks before. Bantz claims that most people in Illinois decry any attempts at Negro equality, particularly concerning the franchise. He also holds that returned Union soldiers "almost unanimously" agree with him, quoting soldiers in his rudimentary spelling, saying "by god I Will di be fore a negro Shal put a ballet in the box on mine." (By John Osborne)


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