Long before there was Mytheos…

…there was an anti-slavery Wesleyan Young Men’s Republican Club. From the Special Collections and Archives blog:

The 1856 election was an extremely controversial one, pitting Republican candidate John C. Fremont [above, left] against Democrat James Buchanan. The central issue of the election for many voters, and for Wesleyan’s Republican club in particular, was the proposed expansion of the institution of slavery into the territory of Kansas. Buchanan was known as a slavery expansionist, even supporting the annexation of Cuba for the purpose of building slave labor plantations there. Fremont ran on a free soil ticket, opposing the expansion of slavery to Kansas and Nebraska. In response to issues that they considered to be, “the most momentous presented to the American people since the adoption of the constitution,” a group of Wesleyan students founded the club on June 21, 1856.

The Wesleyan Republicans: fighting for democratic ideals like basic personal liberties and freedom from Obamacare since 1856.

[Via the Wesleyan Community Blog]

16 thoughts on “Long before there was Mytheos…

  1. Mytheos Holt

    Drew, I had no intention of embarrassing you. That was just good-natured ribbing. I don’t actually think you’re obsessed with me.

  2. Mytheos Holt

    Drew, I had no intention of embarrassing you. That was just good-natured ribbing. I don’t actually think you’re obsessed with me.

  3. Charlotte

    yay for SC&A student workers making it to the big time [which I guess Wesleying would be on this campus?]! Nice post Drew

  4. Charlotte

    yay for SC&A student workers making it to the big time [which I guess Wesleying would be on this campus?]! Nice post Drew

  5. Drew Flanagan

    but you could have followed the link to the full post on the SC&A blog if you’d wanted to, instead of trying to embarrass me with a ridiculous red herring.

  6. Drew Flanagan

    but you could have followed the link to the full post on the SC&A blog if you’d wanted to, instead of trying to embarrass me with a ridiculous red herring.

  7. Drew Flanagan

    I had no idea it was posted here, and MC Hall did not credit me for writing the finding aid and original blog post. I did not relate it to you at the time, although I think in retrospect that the contrast between the Republicans of then and those of now is clear to anyone. So, as I say, the gag was MCHall’s alone and had nothing to do with me.

  8. Drew Flanagan

    I had no idea it was posted here, and MC Hall did not credit me for writing the finding aid and original blog post. I did not relate it to you at the time, although I think in retrospect that the contrast between the Republicans of then and those of now is clear to anyone. So, as I say, the gag was MCHall’s alone and had nothing to do with me.

  9. Mytheos Holt

    …Drew, why does your archival project concern me, however distantly. I’m beginning to worry about the depths of your obsession…

  10. Mytheos Holt

    …Drew, why does your archival project concern me, however distantly. I’m beginning to worry about the depths of your obsession…

  11. Brian Papish

    man fuk republicans and fuk mythiose to. good post tho mc hall is my favorite wesleyan blogger

  12. Brian Papish

    man fuk republicans and fuk mythiose to. good post tho mc hall is my favorite wesleyan blogger

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