So, there were quite a few close races this round, including one that came down to the last hour. (Literally!) CAN YOU FEEL THE MADNESS?!?!?!?!!!11?!?!
Jonathan Edwards and Thomas Paine clutched victory from the jaws of defeat by the slightest of margins. Benjamin Franklin is basically looking like this. And Harriet Jacobs and Frederick Douglass are heading for a slave narrative showdown.
There is a quick turnaround this week, so you have little time to catch your breath. Voting for the Elite Eight is tomorrow.
BRACKET ONE: Political History
1. Thomas Paine, Common Sense 51% defeated 5. Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address 49%
2. The Declaration of Independence 53% defeated 11. Frederick Douglass, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” 47%
BRACKET TWO: Slavery, Captivity, and Bonded Labor
1. Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass 71% defeated 4. David Walker, Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World 29%
3. Toussaint Louverture, “Colonial Constitution of Saint Domingue” 38% is defeated by 15. Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl 62%
BRACKET THREE: U.S. History Superstars
4. Jonathan Edwards, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” 51% defeated 9. Martha Ballard’s Diary 49%
3. Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin 81% defeated 10 The Joseph Smith Papers 19%
BRACKET FOUR: Not Rush Limbaugh’s American History
8. Alden T. Vaughan, ed., Early American Indian Documents, Treaties, and Laws, 1607-1789 53% defeated 13. Graham Crackers 47%
2. 1721 Catawba Map 48% defeated by vs. 3. Thomas Hariot, A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia 52%
I find it odd that Common Sense would beat the Second Inaugural. Should have gotten my fellow Civil War fans to stuff the ballot 😃