John C. Calhoun

John C. Calhoun

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...all the people were represented in it, and that it operated directly on the people individually and not through the states; and that a state, never having as a state formed any league, did not have the right to secede, since to do so would not break a league but destroy the unity of a nation. Secession as a revolutionary act might be justified in case of extreme oppression, but to call it a constitutional right was only to deceive those who would pause before entering upon a revolution, and who were not aware of the pains they would suffer if an attempted revolution should fail. The states had not retained their entire sovereignty. Among other powers, they had given to the nation the right to punish treason against the United States. Treason was an offense agai ust sovereignty and sovereignty must reside with the power to punish it. Secession was also an infringement upon the rights of other states, and in self-defense they could not permit it. Then the President appealed to the people of South Carolina: "Fellow-citizens of my native state, let me not only admonish yon, as the first magistrate of our common country, not to incur the penalty of its laws, but use the influence that a father would over his children whom he saw rushing to certain ruin. In that paternal language, with that paternal feeling, let me tell you, my countrymen, that you are deluded by men who are either deceived themselves or wish to deceive yon. Mark under what pretenses you have been led on to the brink of insurrection and treason on which you stand.... Eloquent appeals to your passions, to your state pride, to your native courage, to your real sense of injury, were used to prepare you for the period when the mask which concealed the hideous features of disunion should be...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236669061
  • 9781236669063