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TRACED FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE CONSTITUTION TO

TJIE REVOLT OF THE SOUTHERN STATES.

BY

GEORGE LUNT.

NEW YORK:
D. APPLETON AND COMPANY,

443 & 445 BROADWAY.

1867.

ENG

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ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1866, bo

D. APPLETON & CO.,

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the

Southern District of New York.

CONTENTS.

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Administration of President Pierce.-Position of the Democratic Party.--President

Pierce's Message to Congress in December, 1853.—“ Domestic Controversies passing

away.”—The Civil War began in Kansas.-Statement of the Question in regard to

Kansas.—Mr. Webster's Views of the Effect of the Compromise of 1850.—Mr. Clay's

Opinion of the Impolicy of an Imaginary Line.—The Bill for the Organization of the

Territory passes the House, making no Mention of Compromise or Slavery, and is

introduced into the Senate by Mr. Douglas, from the Committee on Territories, with-

out amendment.—The Debate in the Senate chiefly in regard to the Rights of the

Aborigines.--The Bill laid on the Table, for further Consideration of this Topic, and not

taken up during the Session.—At the next Session, Mr. Douglas introduces (January

4th, 1854) an Amendment to the Bill, proposing the Specific Repeal of the Missouri

Compromise. -The large Majority in favor of it.—Memorials to Congress, in opposi-

tion to its Passage-one from three thousand and fifty Clergymen of New England -

Effect of this Clerical Movement upon the Public Mind.-Final Passage of the Bill by

the House.—Action of the North.—The “Emigrant Aid” Companies.—Secret Associa-

tion of Members of Congress to resist the Objects of the Act.-The several Reports to

Congress—Further Proceedings as to Kansas.-Opposite Opinions of Mr. Davis and

Mr. Yancey.-Position of Mr. Douglas.-Extension of Slave Territory does not mean

Increase of Slavery.—The reasons why the Adoption of the Kansas-Nebraska Bill was

unavoidable,

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CHAPTER XI.

Availability as the Motive of Nomination a Mistake of the Democracy in 1956, as it was of

the Whig Party in 1852.-Seditious Legislative Proceeding.—The Nomination of Fre-

mont and Dayton the first Instance of Sectionalism, as to Candidates for the Pres-

idency and Vice-Presidency—Party Success, on merely available Grounds, insecure.-

Southern Leaders seeking to inform themselves as to Northern Sentiment.–Visit of

Mr. Davis to New England in 1858.—Mr. Toombs gives a Lecture in Boston.—Mr.

Lincoln's Opinion of the State of Union Sentiment at the South, during the War. 810

CHAPTER XII.

Hostility to a fundamental Provision of Law led to the War.-Other Causes which

concurred.-Mr. Webster's Expression—" A Bargain broken on one side is broken on

all Sides,” in 1851, showing his Opinion of the State of Things at that Period.-Tho

Book, called “ The Impending Crisis of the South,” recommended by Republican

Members of Congress and others.—The “Harper's Ferry Invasion”

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