ATTENTION SOLDIERS! HERE IS WHAT HENRY CLAY DEAN SAYS OF YOU AND YOUR CAUSE: HOW DO YOU LIKE IT?

[np. 1860s?]. Broadside, 6" x 9". Uniform light browning. One hole in the middle of the broadside affects a word [probably "in"] and a portion of a single letter. Good.

Henry Clay Dean was a Methodist Episcopal minister. This broadside probably issued after the Civil War, when Dean became a founder of, and spokesman for, the Greenback Movement. The Biographical Dictionary of Iowa describes Dean: "When the Civil War began, Dean opposed secession but also voiced opposition to the war. In turn, he became known as an outspoken Copperhead Democrat as he made speeches denouncing the war and the actions of President Lincoln. His views made him many enemies, who saw him as a traitor; a mob in Keokuk even threatened to hang him. He was then imprisoned for 14 days, although no charges were filed against him. His experiences convinced him even more that Lincoln and the Republican-controlled government violated the Constitution in their policies and actions. With the conclusion of the war, Dean became a spokesman for Democrats in opposition to Radical Republicanism. In 1867 he began to advocate "soft money" inflation and payment of the national debt through the continued printing of paper money. In doing so, he became a founder of the Greenback movement among western Democrats."
Quoting a speech by Dean, this broadside tells Union Soldiers, "Here is what Henry Clay Dean says of you and your Cause: How Do you Like it? 'I would put out of sight every thing which reminds us that we ever had a war with our southern brethren. I do not know as I would hang one-legged and one-armed soldiers, but I would pray to God to get them out of the way as soon as possible'." In the early 1870's Dean moved from Iowa to Missouri. The Museum established in his memory is located there. He wrote, 'Crimes of the Civil War and Curse of the Funding System.'
Not located on OCLC as of August 2017. Item #34045

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