Stumping for Lincoln: John Hay's Mission to Florida

The Fells fulfills an important part of its mission by offering educational opportunities in U.S. history, particularly highlighting the contributions of John Milton Hay. 

We are very pleased to be able to present Mike Pride’s research on John Hay’s mission to Florida during 1863 and 1864, “Stumping for Lincoln: John Hay’s Mission to Florida.” Lincoln’s early plans for reconstructing the nation included the Ten-Percent Plan, which allowed states in rebellion to reenter the union once ten percent of the state’s voters, based on the 1860 election rolls, signed an oath of allegiance to the United States. When it appeared that this could happen in Florida, Lincoln sent Hay to explore this possibility. Mike Pride’s soon-to-be-published book reveals the story behind what is essentially John Hay’s first mission in statecraft.

Part of the Diplomacy: Then and Now series of programming:
Teddy Roosevelt's Nobel Prize: New Hampshire and the Portsmouth Peace Treaty
Film and Discussion: "American Experience: Panama Canal" 
Getting to Know You: Diplomats and Intelligence Gathering in the Anglo-American World during the Civil War 
Citizen Diplomacy: A Foreign Service Institute Workshop
John Hay: Diplomacy in the Era of American Imperialism

Panama Treaty Negotiation Simulations
Intergenerational Model UN Conference