Robert Barnwell Rhett, Sr; His Political Career

Robert Barnwell Rhett, Sr; His Political Career

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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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ... as sovereign in the territories as she was within her own borders. (62) This argument was very fallacious and did not impress the majority in Congress and the territory was organized in l848 with slavery excluded. Since l856 Texas had been ready to fall into the lap of the United States and the Southern leaders had been eager for the fall but th Senate had played her customary game of cat and mouse with the treaty of annexation until the Southerners were exasperated.' Mass meetings were held in Ashley and Beaufort, which declared for disunion rather than give up Texas. (65) Calhoun and Rhett had woked side by side during the nullifica-tion struggle and when that failed Rhett made slavery his par-amount issue and took up the Texas question from l855 to l845. During this period he refused to listen to the conservatism of Calhoun. (64) He is reported to have said, "Texas with or with-out the Union." (65) In January l845 he declared that, "The South has been wantonly wronged, insulted, and betrayed." The people of the North were trying, "to instigate hatred, insurrect-ion and violence," since Texas was necessary to insure domes-tic tranquility. (66) In June of this year, l845, the 'Mercury" stated that,"Flushed with her recent victories (67) there she stands, with stern defiance on her brow, and her yet unsheathed (65) Garrison: Westward Expansion p l4l. (64) Dodd;Davis 55 (65) Meigs: Calhoun v 2 p 25O. (66) Wilson: Rise and Fall 0 the Slave Power. v l p 6l2. (67) I. 3, the election of Polk. and dripping sword in her hand. Before heaven she shall not sheath it, until she is safe, safe forever. Texas shall be hers in spite of a world in arms." (68) Much of this was oratory on the part of more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236925866
  • 9781236925862