"The imagery of President Lincoln as King of Africa comes from the Copperheads. This imagery is being applied to President Obama.
Here is a gentleman that is trying to save this literary history - as a genealogy!
"The Civil War was in progress. the Republican Party was in control of Sacramento, and Agoston was suspected of being a "Peace Democrat".
Agoston left California for Nicaraugua where he purchased a sugar plantation. Within a short time he turned it into the largest sugar plantation in the country. In 1868 his wife, Eleonora, died of yellow fever. In December of that same year he traveled to San Francisco where he purchased machinery for his plantation and chratered a ship to engage in trade between San Francisco and various Central American ports.
Agoston disappeared from his plantation in 1869. The published obituary quoted his daughter as saying that he disappeared while inspecting a new boat landing that was under construction. The belief was that he had fallen into the water and been consumed by an alligator.
When the new U.S. Mint was established in San Francisco, President Pierce appointed Haraszthy as assayer. Several years later concerns about losses of gold led to Haraszthy's resignation and a grand jury investigation. Charged with embezzling over $150,000, he was exonerated after a five day trial in 1861.
Peace Democrats. Many Democrats within this group hoped that the Union could be salvaged, but felt that military means were not justified. This faction asserted the following:
The North was responsible for pushing the South into secession
Lincoln had become a tyrant and was bent upon destroying civil liberties
The war was a national tragedy and must be ended, even if that meant granting independence to the Confederacy.
The Copperheads had numerous important newspapers, but the editors never formed an alliance. In Chicago, Wilbur F. Storey made the Chicago Times into Lincoln's most vituperative enemy. The New York Journal of Commerce, originally abolitionist, was sold to owners who became Copperheads, giving them an important voice in the largest city. A typical editor was Edward G. Roddy, owner of the Uniontown, Pennsylvania Genius of Liberty. He was an intensely partisan Democrat who saw black people as an inferior race and Abraham Lincoln as a despot and dunce. Although he supported the war effort in 1861, he blamed abolitionists for prolonging the war and denounced the government as increasingly despotic. By 1864 he was calling for peace at any price.
John Mullaly's Metropolitan Record was the official Catholic paper in New York City. Reflecting Irish opinion, it supported the war until 1863 before becoming a Copperhead organ; the editor was then arrested for draft resistance. Even in an era of extremely partisan journalism, Copperhead newspapers were remarkable for their angry rhetoric. Wisconsin newspaper editor Marcus M. Pomeroy called Lincoln "fungus from the corrupt womb of bigotry and fanaticism" and a "worse tyrant and more inhuman butcher than has existed since the days of Nero... The man who votes for Lincoln now is a traitor and murderer... And if he is elected to misgovern for another four years, we trust some bold hand will pierce his heart with dagger point for the public good.""
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