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December 8, 1857 James Buchanan announces he supports the Lecompton Constitution in a message to the Senate Kansas
  James Buchanan
  Lecompton Constitution
December 8, 1860 Governor Isham Harris calls for a special session of the Tennessee legislature to consider secession Tennessee
December 8, 1863 Proclaimation of Amnesty and Reconstruction offers a full pardon to any Southerner who participated in the rebellion as long as they took a "prescibed oath"
  Abraham Lincoln
December 8, 1863 Confederate senator Henry S. Foote of Mississippi severly critizes President Jefferson Davis for both his military and civilian policies Mississippi
  Jefferson Davis

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