Publication Volume 100-101

Publication Volume 100-101

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...gave Fremont 187,497, Fillmore 28,126, and Buchanan, only l70,874--a minority of 44,749. Buchanan was elected by a majority of 52 electoral votes, but the Democrats did not elect another President for twenty-eight years. What caused this sudden and long continued loss of public favor? The "Compromise Measures" had been approved--theoretically; but every attempt to enforce the Fugitive Slave law, with its harsh and unjust features, in any northern State, created indignation in the community where the attempt was made. The spectacle of a non-resident coming into a State and carrying off a colored resident of the State, without giving him any chance to prove his right to liberty before a court or jury in the place where he resided, without even giving him a chance to testify in his own behalf, was too much for the Anglo-Saxon love of fair play. Democratic administrations and all their officials were afflicted with, what is now termed, "defective psychology." The things they did, with a view to awing the people into a strict observance of this law, simply exasperated them and led to determined opposition. When the Democratic mayor of Boston used three hundred armed police to escort the poor negro, Sims, from the office of U. S. Commissioner George Ticknor Curtis, to the Long Wharf and put him on a vessel bound for Savannah, and filled Faneuil Hall, that "Temple of Liberty," with State militia to assist the police, if necessary, in sending one negro back to slavery, natural inquiries arose in the minds of spectators. Is Massachusetts, then, a slave State? Are all the resources of a city government, supported by taxes levied upon our property, to be placed at the disposal of any Southern planter who more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236962079
  • 9781236962072