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Jefferson Davis
Jefferson Davis in 1860 on the Threshhold of Civil War: Secession Would Be A Justifiable Consequence of Northern Actions, But There Is Still Time to Avert an Impending War A quotation from his May 17, 1860, speech on the Senate floor: ""That the affection, the mutual desire for the mutual good, which existed among our Fathers, may be weakened in succeeding generations by the denial of right and by hostile demonstrations, until the equality guaranteed but not secured within the Union, may be sought for without it; must be evident to even a careless observer of our race. It is time to be up and doing. There is yet time to remove the causes of dissension and alienation, which are now distracting, and have for years past divided the country.""
1705. 17/05/1860. Undoubtedly the most significant Davis piece we have ever carried, containing as it does the carrot and the stick - peace or warAt the onset of the 1860 election year, the United States was at a breaking point as a result of the long crisis over slavery. The Compromise of 1850 had proven too narrowly based to solve the problems, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, promoted by Sen. Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois, had taken a different approach - the question of whether the territories would be slave or free would be left to the settlers under Douglas’s principle of Popular Sovereignty. Presumably, the more northern territories would oppose slavery while the more southern ones would permit it. But the act failed in its purpose. It gave rise to the Republican Party determined to keep slavery from territories. In 1855 and 1856, pro and anti-slavery activists flooded into Kansas with the intention of influencing the popular-sovereignty rule of the territory. Kansas became home to no fewer than four state constitutions, some pro-slavery and some anti-slavery. The issue ended up in the halls of Congress. In 1860, Kansas was still not a state, and southerners, who expected the admission of Kansas as a slave state, were fed up. In the meantime, the Dred Scott case and John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry fanned the flames of disunity.On February 2, 1860, Jefferson Davis submitted a set of resolutions to the Senate, which he called “On the Relations of States.” it summarized the position of the South, pulling no punches. The first resolved, “That in the … [Click Below for Full Description]
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