Speeches of Carl Schurz

Speeches of Carl Schurz
by Carl Schurz

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Carl Schurz




Dedication. iii
Preface. v
I. The Irrepressible Conflict. — Mechanics' Hall, Chicago, 28th of September, 1858 9
II. Political Morals. — Albany-Hall, Milwaukee, 18th of November, 1858 38
III. True Americanism. — Faneuil Hall, Boston, 18th of April, 1859 51
IV. The Popular Sovereignty Doctrine. — Hampden Hall, Springfield, 4th of January, 1860 76
V. Ratification of Mr. Lincoln's First Nomination for the Presidency. — Albany Hall, Milwaukee, 26th of May, 1860 105
VI. The Doom of Slavery. — Verandah Hall, St. Louis, 1st of August, 1860 121
VII. The Bill of Indictment. — Cooper Institute, New York, 13th of September, 1860 162
VIII. Free Speech. — Tremont Temple, Boston, 11th of December, 1860 222
IX. Reconciliation by Emancipation. — Cooper Institute, New York, 6th of March, 1862[1] 240
X. Peace, Liberty and Empire. — Concert Hall, Philadelphia, 16th of September, 1864[2] 269
XI. Treason of Slavery. — Academy of Music, Brooklyn, 7th of October, 1864 321
XII. Appeal to Common Sense. — Academy of Music, Milwaukee, 28th of October, 1864 359[3]

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  1. This is the corrected date. The original date gave a year of 1863. Other sources, including another reference in this very book and the prefatory remarks to this speech, indicate the "Reconciliation by Emancipation" speech was delivered on March 6, 1862. It also appeared as a pamphlet published by G. P. Putnam in 1862 under the title "The life of slavery, or the life of the nation?"
  2. The text for this speech came from a printed flyer rather than the book. The format of the flyer is preserved. Carl Schurz's comments for the speech were:

    This speech was delivered in the Presidential campaign of 1864, at the first of a series of meetings arranged by the Union League of Philadelphia. The topics discussed are still fresh in the memory of the people, and need no further explanation.

  3. This is the corrected page number. The original read 361.


  • Google facsimile As of 7 June 2009, this only contained pp. 1-128.
  • Page images at Wikimedia Commons Currently this contains pp. 162-269, 320, 321, 358-392.
  • The text for some of these speeches can also be found in Frederic Bancroft, ed., Speeches, Correspondence and Political Papers of Carl Schurz, Volume I, New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1913. Facsimile at archive.org
  • The text for “Peace, Liberty and Empire” was taken from a pamphlet in the Library of Congress. Facsimile at archive.org
  • The source for the portion of “The Treason of Slavery” not contained in Frederic Bancroft's compilation is Selim H. Peabody, American Patriotism, New York: John B. Alden, 1886, pp. 615-637. Google facsimile