Skip to comments.Harper’s Weekly – September 10, 1859
Posted on 09/10/2019 4:58:28 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
Free Republic University, Department of History presents U.S. History, 1855-1860: Seminar and Discussion Forum
Bleeding Kansas, Dred Scott, Lincoln-Douglas, Harpers Ferry, the election of 1860, secession all the events leading up to the Civil War, as seen through news reports of the time and later historical accounts
First session: November 21, 2015. Last date to add: Sometime in the future.
Reading: Self-assigned. Recommendations made and welcomed.
To add this class to or drop it from your schedule notify Admissions and Records (Attn: Homer_J_Simpson) by reply or freepmail.
The Great Eastern was Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s crowning achievement. She would be the heaviest and longest ship for decades. She could sail around the world without refueling. She was designed to carry 4000 passengers. She was propelled by wind, side wheel paddles, and a screw propeller. She was an engineering marvel but a commercial flop. Perhaps her most famous voyage was laying down of the 2nd Atlantic telegraph cable.
Brunel knew her affectionately as the “Great Babe”. He died in 1859 shortly after her ill-fated maiden voyage, during which she was damaged by an explosion. After repairs, she plied for several years as a passenger liner between Britain and North America before being converted to a cable-laying ship and laying the first lasting transatlantic telegraph cable in 1866. Finishing her life as a floating music hall and advertising hoarding (for the department store Lewis’s) in Liverpool, she was broken up on Merseyside in 1889.
Amazing to think just 50 years before people were traveling across the Atlantic just a Columbus did. Now one could go on this monster ship in relative comfort.
Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1859-1865, edited by Don E. Fehrenbacher
The Diary of George Templeton Strong, Edited by Allan Nevins and Milton Halsey Thomas
It looks like Lincoln, if defined today, is an extreme white supremacist.
I’m sure if the drivebys quoted this speech he’d then finally be identified as a Republican.
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