Newspaper from Feb. 16, 1866

"Danger from a Broken Spine!"

  • Full Title

    "Danger from a Broken Spine!"

  • Description

    This editorial argues for a reinstitution of the writ of habeas corpus by drawing on a colorful statement made by President Lincoln in a message sent to General Joe Hooker: “I wouldn’t take any risk of being entangled up the river, like an ox half jumped over a fence and liable to be torn by dogs, front and rear, without a fair chance to gore one way or kick the other.” The editorial describes the United States as the metaphorical ox, “stuck fast on the reconstruction thorns.” Published in the Montgomery Daily Mail on February 16, 1866.

  • Source

    Excerpt from the Montgomery Daily Mail, item number ADVCOL42. Catalog record for this title is available here.

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    Montgomery Daily Mail. ""Danger from a Broken Spine!"". Remembering Lincoln. Web. Accessed April 23, 2019. https://rememberinglincoln.fords.org/node/231