PANIC OF 1837
LOOKING back through the Civil War and the steps which led up to it, the most important question before the country in 1837 seems now to have been the abolition controversy; but though it occupied a large place in men's minds, people were chiefly interested in every-day commercial and financial questions and the manœuvrings of the two national parties, which now began to take distinct form.
In his inaugural address, March 4, 1837, Van Buren said, "I tread in the foot-steps of illustrious men." As he hinted, his administration was to be a conscientious attempt to carry into effect the principles which Jackson with such masterful blows had hammered into shape as the basis of the Democratic party.1 On slavery, Van Buren declared himself the "inflexible and uncompromising opponent of every attempt on the part of Congress to abolish slavery in the District of Columbia against the____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Slavery and Abolition, 1831-1841. Contributors: Albert Bushnell Hart - Author. Publisher: Harper & Brothers. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1906. Page number: 296.
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