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Resolutions, Republican Party of Michigan in Convention, August 30, 1866, Detroit, Michigan.

Detroit, Michigan, 1861, artist's impression

Michigan's Republican Party met in Detroit on August 30, 1866 to nominate candidates for the upcoming state elections.  They also passed a series of resolutions that indicated that the party's political divide with the administration of President Johnson was widening.  In heated language, the resolutions warned of a resurgence of the recent rebellion in political form and urged restrictions on those who had recently been traitors while characterizing the terms as "unexampled mercy, as the mildest and most generous terms of amnesty and oblivion ever offered to a rebellious enemy."  Other statements supported shorter hours for working class voters, protection for loyal Southerners and emancipated slaves, and offered an oblique condemnation of Britain while asking for a review of the neutrality laws.  Finally, there was a repudiation of the call for a white man's government "as unworthy of freemen" and endorsed in ringing tones, a government that was neither white nor black under which "all men who are true and loyal to it, of whatever race or country, color, or condition shall have, under its triumphant and glorious flag, all those great and inalienable rights that belong to man as man! "  (By John Osborne)


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