The Ten Hour Revolution

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    “The Ten Hour Revolution,” Herald & Expositor, Carlisle, PA, 29 November 1848,
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    Cincinnati (OH) Gazette
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    Carlisle (PA) Herald & Expositor
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    The Ten Hour Revolution
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    Meghan Rafferty
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    The Ten Hour Revolution—History records no political revolution (says the Cincinnati Gazette) as thorough, as extensive, as decisive, as quite and orderly, and yet as sublime and glorious, as that effected on the 7th of November instant, by the freemen of this Republic. It was a revolution accomplished in ten hours. Three million of freemen assemble together in thirty different Sates on the same day; and with less disorder and confusion than are usual on such occasions, they express their sovereign displeasure at the principles and practices of the present Administration, and proclaim that the continuation of the present political dynasty shall be terminated.

    No other nation on earth’s surface enjoys rights and privileges which secure to the people so great an amount of individual sovereignty: no other nation possesses the invaluable and enduring privilege of repudiating unfaithful public servants and elevating other in their stead at pleasure.

    We may speak and write in admiration of the bloody three days’ revolution which only removed one French monarch to substitute another; or of the more recent revolution which expelled king and substituted civil war, anarchy, martial law, a present insecurity of life and property, and a frightful future. But what is all this in contrast with the peaceful, constitutional, and sublime uprising of three millions of freemen, representing twenty millions of people, and in ten hours changing the political policy of the Governments.

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