The northern papers...

January 13, 1868


The ideology of a Southern Radical versus a Northern Radical is dissected. Southern Radicals are viewed as much more destructive and dangerous than Northern radicals.


The northern papers persistently misrepresent (perhaps because they misunderstand) the movements of the Radical leaders of the South. When the Alabama Negro Convention requested Congress to remove the disabilities of certain miserable so-called Union men in that State who had bad been violent rebels, those papers cited the fact as proof of the liberality of the mean whites who made the request. And now we see that the New York Times finds in Hunnicutt's "enabling resolution" proof of the "changed temper of the times." It seriously believes that Hunnicutt is disposed to treat the Virginia people kindly, and even to do justice to them; inquiring, in its simplicity, whether, "since Brownlow has taken ex-Governor "Harris to his bosom and Hunnicutt "has embraced the rebels, anything "can be called impossible?" The Times should know that Hunnicutt has not proposed, and does not desire, to have any man relieved from political disability who is not an out-and-out Radical? There are in Virginia, as in Tennessee and Alabama, certain unprincipled characters who have become traitors to the white race, and who affect to have a holy horror of " rebels " and " rebellion," who were, nevertheless, such steadfast supporters of the defunct Confederate Government that they are included among those persons who are prevented by the proposed constitutional amendment from holding office: and as office is the thing for the sake of which they have disgraced their manhood and betrayed their own flesh and blood, they, of course, are desirious of getting their pay. It is these creatures that Hunnicutt proposes to relieve of their disabilities. And his resolution, so far from being a peace-offering, is calculated to disgust the respectable people of the State with a Government which reserves its oppressions for the man of tried fidelity and rewards those who "crook the pregnant hinges of the knee that thrift may "follow fawning." The proposition adds insult to injury. It would amaze the Times to see the list which Hunnicutt would make out. It would include, perhaps, not one man of high character. Indeed, we can hardly imagine whose names would appear upon it. When it is recollected that in this city, for instance, there were only some fifty white votes cast for Hunnicutt out of nearly five thousand polled, and that among these fifty there were perhaps not a half dozen "disabled" persons, and that Hunnicutt wishes to relieve none who did not so vote, it will easily be perceived that his resolution is worse than a humbug.
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