History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850 to the McKinley-Bryan Campaign of 1896 - Vol. 2

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CHAPTER VII

AFTER the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska act, it would seem as if the course of the opposition were plain. In the newspapers and political literature of the time, suggestions are frequent of an obvious and reasonable course to be pursued. The senators and representatives at Washington proposed no plan. They did, indeed, issue an address which was well characterized by a powerful advocate of anti-slavery at Washington. "It is unexceptionable," he wrote, "but hath not the trumpet tone."1 That the different elements of opposition should be fused into one complete whole seemed political wisdom. That course involved the formation of a new party and was urged warmly and persistently by many newspapers, but by none with such telling influence as by the New York Tribune. It had likewise the countenance of Chase, Sumner, and Wade. There were three elements that must be united -- the Whigs, the Free-soilers, who were of both Democratic and Whig antecedents, and the antiNebraska Democrats. The Whigs were the most numerous body and as those at the North, to a man, had opposed the

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G. Bailey, editor of the National Era, to J. S. Pike, June 6th, 1854. Pike First Blows of the Civil War, p. 247. The address is published in the New York Times of June 22d. Wilson speaks of a meeting of thirty members of the House directly after the passage of the bill, which was distinct from the meeting which adopted the address. It does not appear that any particular action was taken, but it was generally conceded that a new party organization was necessary, and that an appropriate name for it would be Republican. Rise and Fall of the Slave Power, vol. ii. p. 411.

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  • Title Page i
  • Contents of the Second Volume iii
  • Chapter VII 1
  • Chapter VIII 125
  • Chapter IX 193
  • Chapter X 258
  • Chapter XI 373
  • Chapter XII 459
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