The Hartford Convention

The Hartford Convention

The Hartford Convention

The Hartford Convention

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The Hartford Convention of 1814-1815 has always been a subject of the greatest interest. The contrast between what the country expected the Convention to do and what it actually did, the deep secrecy which surrounded it, the bitter controversy about its real purpose which raged for years after its adjournment--all these factors have aroused the curiosity of students and given rise to many attempts to explain the Convention. It has been denounced as an assembly of traitors plotting to destroy the Union, and lauded as a group of devoted patriots working to soothe the just wrath of oppressed and outraged New England and so to save the Union. This essay makes no pretense of adding any new information on the subject, but aims merely to present a reasonably complete account of the Hartford Convention for the reader who is not inclined to seek out the longer treatment given in biographies of members of the Convention or in the more extended histories of the time.

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