The Tracks of Susan B. Anthony’s Tears (with apologies to the Miracles)
Saturday, 10 November 2012 08:55
By Mark Mason.
Other dogs bite only their enemies, whereas I bite also my friends in order to save them. ~ Diogenes
US Presidential Election, November 5, 1872: incumbent Civil War general Republican Ulysses S. Grant vs. newspaper publisher Liberal Republican Horace Greeley. The Democratic Party, being insubstantial at this time, not putting up its own candidate, endorsed Greeley.
Curiously, the 1872 election had the outer markings of a boring, narrow, internecine squabble within the Republican party, given that the two major candidates were splinters of the one Republican Party, yet the confusing party monikers cloaked significant ideological differences between the two candidates. “Go West, Young Man” Greeley was a radical having espoused, in addition to western expansion of the burgeoning empire, opposition to government loans and land grants for railroads. Bankers and builders of private-enterprise railroads convinced Congress to transfer lands stolen by US military conquest from Mexico and from Native Americans, to the railroads, amounting to a massive give-away of valuable public lands. Think, bank bailouts today as the grand scheme of raiding the public treasury. Think, giving away public lands as the grand scheme of raiding the public treasury of the nineteenth century.
Mark Mason PhD: lecturer in human evolution, anthropology, and human ecology