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Resolutions, Union League of Philadelphia, August 22, 1866, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Union League Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 1865, artist's impression

These are extracts from the Union League of Philadelphia's response to the controversial National Union Convention, made up largely of Democrats and conservative Republicans supporting President Johnson's policies, held in their city in the previous days.  The language in these resolutions indicate the escalation in political division over the preceding six months during which the United States Congress had become more united and radical and the Executive had fallen more into influence of the Democratic Party and its policies towards national reconstruction.  The League was firmly on the side of the Republican Congress and denounced the President in plain-speaking terms, accusing him of "moral and political depravity with no parallel in our history" and encouraged the legislature to continue prosecuting its own measures.  (By John Osborne)


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