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Twitter Circa 1882

The aforementioned Castine Historical Society has a small-but-excellent museum that features, among other things, this Twitter-esque feature from an 1882 edition of the local newspaper:

An “Alabama Award” pertained to the settlement of some US legal claims against Britain having to do with the Civil War. I suppose if the Great Powers of the 1860s had today’s attitude, they would either have reasoned that the Confederacy was a potential safe haven for terrorists and thus forceful intervention on the Union side was needed, or else that Jefferson Davis was a heroic freedom fighter and thus forceful intervention on the rebel side was needed. “Wait and see and mostly focus on other things” wouldn’t be on the menu.

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