Adam Selzer has a bunch of books out - mostly funny YA novels and smart alecky Chicago history/ghostlore stuff. One time he met Jim Morrison's cousin. New novel PLAY ME BACKWARDS out in August from Simon and Schuster. #satanicya
sometimes i think that i am not so stereotypical of an american
and then i remember that i consider the coke freestyle machine one of the greatest modern inventions
i mean look at this thing
over 100 choices, computerized mixing, one spout, touch screen, ice dispenser
have u ever seen anything so wondrous and beautiful??
LIME FANTA IS SO GOOD OMG
Cherry-Vanilla Dr. Pepper.
Orange Coke is the best.
2/3rds grape Fanta, 1/3rd vanilla sprite. Purple vanilla.
On this day in Chicago history, there was a huge rally to recruit new troops to fight for the Union outside of City Hall. Some 20,000 people attended.
One of the first speeches was made by Isaac Newton Arnold, a buddy of the LIncolns. After praising Chicago for how many soldiers from the city had gone into the field, he roared out the following:
"The suicide of slavery is being enacted before our eyes. Let the cursed, barbarous, traitor-breeding institution die. The slave-holder has himself given to it the mortal wound; let no timid Northern doughface attempt to staunch the blood. The end of slavery will prove the regeneration of the nation…. Let us quarter on the enemy, confiscate the property and free the slaves of rebels."
Immediately after the speech, a chorus sang a brand new song that had just been written in George Root’s office across the street, “The Battle Cry of Freedom.” The Trib transcribed the third verse as;
We will welcome to our numbers the loyal true and brave
shouting the battle cry of freedom
And although he may be poor, he shall never be a slave
shouting the battle cry of freedom
The next speaker, Col. John Farnsworth, talked about all the information on the enemy armies they’d collected from slaves and urged support for bringing negro soldiers into the army (which wouldn’t happen for a few more months in the union; the idea that it ever happened on a large scale in the south is a common myth). He said he’d speak to white slave owners, and then get a nod from an old man to meet him in a basement, where he’d tell him “massa lied.”
It goes on like this; speaker after speaker rails against the danger the Union faced at the hands of “the slaveholders,” and spoke of fighting to create “a universal freedom” against rebels fighting for “perpetual slavery.”
It’s pretty stirring to imagine some of these speeches (even though you’ll basically never find a 19th century speech that isn’t problematic in some way; even when Frederick Douglass spoke in town the next year he cracked an Irish joke or two).
The most interesting thing about this is to consider the date - July 1862. A good couple of months before the Emancipation Proclamation made freeing slaves a formal goal of the war (at least symbolically). You’re always hearing (from both neo-confederates and the social justice blogosphere) that no one really thought of the war as having anything to do with slavery at the time, but you can’t read the speeches people heard, the letters the wrote, the articles they read, or the songs they sang without getting the impression that everyone knew damn well what it was all about (especially after they figured out that this wasn’t going to be a 90 day dust-up ending with things going back to the way they were). In the 1850s and throughout 1860 southern newspapers and officials weren’t shy in the slightest about saying they wanted to secede to protect (and, critically, spread) slavery. Actually ending slavery in their lifetimes had always seemed an unrealistic goal even to the most optimistic abolitionists, but people in Summer, 1862 were figuring out that if the war didn’t at least settle the expansion question, we’d just end up fighting the war all over again sooner or later.
Now, this isn’t to say that people in the north who thought their region was “the land of the free” weren’t kidding themselves, or that everyone fighting for the south was fighting for slavery (it’s not like many soldiers owned slaved; they were fighting because there was a war on). People in the north were not markedly less racist. But when people today run around saying that the war had nothing to do with slavery and no one at the time thought it did, that just drives me nuts.
(above quotes come from 7/28/1862 Chicago Tribune).