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In this long letter to her sister, Annie Higginson writes of their brother Storrow's departure to Maryland to teach freed slaves, and the views of their brother Robert on slavery. Robert's views on slavery had been influenced by a time in England and a transatlantic voyage home with a group of southerners. His ideas did not agree with the rest of the family who generally had strong views against slavery. Annie does feel that Robert's views will come into line with the rest of the North the longer he is back in the country. Annie refers to the possibility that, had Robert stayed in England any longer, he might have become a Copperhead when he came home. The Copperheads were a group of northerners in the Democratic Party who opposed the Civil War and felt that the Union should be restored.

 

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Civil War letter to Agnes Gordon Higginson Fuller from her sister regarding slavery

author   Ann Storrow Higginson (1834-1913)
date   Dec 27, 1863
location   Cambridge, Massachusetts
height   7.0"
width   4.5"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Personal Documents/Letter
accession #   #L10.010


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"American Missionary Association Circular"

Letter to Agnes Gordon Cochran Higginson regarding slavery and democracy

Civil War letter to Stephen Higginson from his son regarding emancipation

Partial letter to Louisa Higginson from son regarding politics and slavery


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