Daniel Howard Baldwin letters, 1859-1869.

Creator: Baldwin, Daniel Howard, 1825-1887.
Collection number: 4182
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Abstract: Articulate, analytical, lengthy letters from Daniel H. Baldwin, merchant of Savannah, Ga., 1860-1861, and New York City, 1867-1869, to William Baldwin in Massachusetts, commenting on the secession crisis, the Republican Party, the economy, Reconstruction, and race relations; and a receipt, 1859.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: A group of letters written from 1860 to 1861 discuss the secession crisis; the role of slavery and the Republican party in precipitating the crisis; the South’s determination to achieve independence; and Baldwin’s own opinions on the South. Later letters (1867-1869) analyze Reconstruction and race relations, and include a proposal by Baldwin to import laborers from Africa for Southern planters.