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Fun for history buffs: "When this coin was made..."  

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 Posted 04/16/2018  11:36 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice, Ron!

The Indian Head cent was always fascinating to me, because the first was struck prior to the start of the Civil War, and the last was struck during the Roosevelt administration, not long before WWI.

It's funny how as a Southerner (raised in Georgia), I was taught that the war was about slavery until high school, then taught that it was about state's rights (including slavery, among others) in high school - we were taught that the war was the North's fault because Fort Sumter should have been abandoned peacefully when South Carolina seceded. Not trying to start anything political - it's just interesting how the same facts can be presented!

There were actually a few precedents to the Civil War, namely the Whiskey Rebellion during Washington's presidency (corn farmers threatened to secede if the whiskey tax was not lifted, citing that "Taxation without representation!" It was put down (almost) without bloodshed by Washington and the national guard.) As well as the Secession Crisis during Jackson's presidency - also put down without bloodshed.
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Glad to see this thread revived!

When this coin was minted, Nat Turner led a slave rebellion across Southampton County, Virginia. Turner and his fellow rebels killed between 55 and 65 people, the majority being white slaveowners. While the rebellion was eventually put down by the local militia, Turner escaped but was later captured and executed.

The rebellion caused widespread fear in the South, and many slaveowners killed slaves they suspected were involved, although most were not. In addition, state legislators rushed to pass laws that forbade slaveowners from teaching slaves to read and write.
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 Posted 04/16/2018  4:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
An interesting and thought provoking contribution, CoinCollector2012.
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