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Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin) (1818-1893) to William Martin Dickson

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05872 Author/Creator: Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin) (1818-1893) Place Written: Lowell, Massachusetts Type: Letter signed Date: 15 August 1865 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Butler, a Union General and Radical Republican, discusses Jacob Dolson Cox's views on creating separate states for former slaves. Informs Dickson, a Republican judge and political figure in Ohio, that "The supposition that the negro can be segregated on a given portion of this country apart from the white man in a separate community occupying a part of our Sea Board, whether as a dependency or an independency, to say nothing of constitutional objections is simply absurd ..." Discusses pride of race, the failings of Native American reservations in Georgia, and the views of Clement Laird Vallandigham, a former Ohio Congressman. Spells Dickson's name as Dixon.

People: Butler, Benjamin Franklin, 1818-1893.
Dickson, William, 1827-1889.
Cox, Jacob Dolson, 1828-1900.
Vallandigham, Clement Laird, 1820-1871.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Reconstruction, Union General, Slavery, African American History, US Constitution, Law, Segregation, Freemen, American Indian History, Copperheads

Sub Era: The American Civil War