We're closed today for a staff in-service day

Skip to Content
200 North Main St | Bloomington, Illinois | 309-827-0428
/ Blog / Post

McHistory: Bloomington Copperhead Ostracized For Pro-Slavery Views

An early Bloomington settler and one time friend of Abe Lincoln was also a southern sympathizer. Sarah Withers wrote on May 4th 1861, "This day our nation is to be disgraced by the inauguration of Abe Lincoln as President. How Humiliating!" A selection from the Withers Diary is part of this episode of GLT's recurring series, "McHistory."

Hear audio here.

Contributors to this episode of "McHistory" include McLean County Museum of History Archivist Bill Kemp, and Museum Development Director Beth Whissman. GLT's Charlie Schlenker produces McHistory, which is a co-production of WGLT and the Museum of History using the letters, diaries, and documents of days gone by.

Torii Moré

Torii Moré

Curator of Digital Humanities