New York: Printed by F. Somers, 1866. Disbound, 39pp + final blank. Signed by Prentiss with his initials on title page; manuscript correction at page 28. Very Good.
Reprinted from the American Presbyterian Review for 1866, this pamphlet is a window on Reconstruction by an intelligent and insightful contemporary, the brother of the renowned Mississippi lawyer Seargent Smith Prentiss.
Before the War "the champions of slavery not only gained complete possession of political power and opinion at the South, but they succeeded in spreading their servile and fatal doctrines broadcast over the North, and engrafting them upon the whole policy of the nation." Congress and "our martyred President" are lauded for "the Great Amendment" barring slavery. President Johnson, after "the painful scene in the Senate Chamber, on the 4th of March"-- when, drunk, he took the oath of office as Vice President-- errs in seeking to reconstruct the fallen States "at once," without the participation of Congress. His policies have suffered from "the operation of human infirmities and prejudice, which would be here out of place and not in keeping with the conciliatory and pacific aim of this discussion."
Prentiss dissects the "monstrous anomaly" of returning the South to political power without adequate protections for the freedmen, and against the entrenched elite who caused the War in the first place.
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