American Debate; The Land and Slavery Question, 1607-1860

American Debate; The Land and Slavery Question, 1607-1860

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...we reproach Great Britain. If the citizens of these Territories come here with provisions establishing slavery, I am for admitting them, for then it will be their own work. See page 163. Senator Clay closed with a reiteration of his view that slavery did not exist in these Territories, but he did not argue the question. Senator Davis charged him, therefore, with "firing a volley of blank cartridges" in order that he might "come up under cover of the smoke and make a charge upon us before we saw him." The Senator has set up his own cob-house to show how skilfully he could knock it down. It is no fabric of mine. Nevertheless we are willing to compromise on slave territory south of the Compromise line, and free territory north of it. This was in accord with the spirit if not the letter of the original Compromise. It is the effect and not the form that we should consider in this crisis. The question cannot be left open after what has been said to-day. What matters it whether slavery be excluded under Mexican law or by the operation or inoperation of Congressional law? The effect is the same, and it is unjust to the South, whose equality with the North was intended to be secured by the Missouri Compromise. Senator Calhoun said that anti-slavery agitation had reached a point where it endangered the Union. This was not, as claimed, the work of disappointed politicians who saw in it a chance to retrieve their fortunes. On the contrary party ties caused all the politicians to desire to repress the agitation. It was the people, North and South, who were wrought up on the question. The South sincerely believes that, as things are now, it cannot, consistently with honor and safety, remain in the Union. On February 5 the debate was...show more

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  • Paperback | 142 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236650948
  • 9781236650948