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Rail Splinters

In the “bad old days!”

February 5, 2023

We are pleased to share this image of an outrageous broadside from 1860. It advertises a publication called “The Day Book” whose motto is “White Men Must Rule America!” It declares “The Dred Scott Decision a Just One!” It accuses the abolitionists of placing “Negroes Upon an Equality with White Men” It “opposes the so-called Republican Party because it nullifies the laws to Degrade White Men to a Legal Level with Negroes.” In 1860, New York City was a staunchly Democratic city which Lincoln, not surprisingly, failed to carry in the presidential election of 1860.