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Documents Relating to the New York Contest, Showing the Claims of the Delegation Elected by Congress Districts, (In Accordance with Precedent and Usage,) to Seats in the Charleston Convention
New York: J. W. Bell, 1860. First Edition. Pamphlet. Very Good. 8vo. 24 pages. Some very light soiling; previously bound. The Democratic Convention of 1860, held in Charleston, South Carolina, was the most discordant American political convention ever held. The Democratic Party was divided between moderate, northern "Democracy" supporters of Stephen Douglass, who were willing to compromise with the Republicans on some issues such as prohibitions on slavery in new territories, and the southern "fire-eaters" who demanded that, with regard to territorial slavery, the party adopt a plank with the wording of Dred Scott decision. The official New York delegation strongly supported Douglas, but New York City politician Fenando Wood attempted to bolster his own standing the state's party by creating his own "pro-slavery" delegation that also traveled to Charleston. Although, Wood's delegation received considerable floor support from some Southern representatives, the official state delegation was eventually the only one that was seated. This pamphlet compiles a number of documents documenting the creation of the rival delegations. Sabin 20473. From the estate of a descendant of Thomas Young Simons, a signer of the South Carolina Ordinance of Secession.
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