On this view, slavery was an institution based solely on positive law—statutes, that is, passed by legislative action within particular states. Since slavery was strictly a local—never a national—institution, it had no legitimacy outside the states whose laws permitted it.
The principle was clear: the Constitution protected slavery wherever state law sanctioned it, but it conferred on the federal government no obligation to tolerate it wherever state law did not apply—not in the territories, not at sea, not in the District of Columbia, and not in any state where slavery had already been abolished.
One effect of this view, both on those who held it and on those who abhorred it, was to discredit the tradition of compromise by which the republic had created and tried to sustain itself. For two decades, this agreement more or less kept the slavery question out of mainstream politics. A few years later, another dispute—this one over territories acquired through the Mexican War, including the future states of California, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada, and most of Arizona—again threatened the pact of co-existence between North and South.
In a speech delivered on March 7, , Senator Daniel Webster of Massachusetts threw his support behind a new compromise. California would be admitted as a free state, the slave trade but not slavery itself would be abolished in the District of Columbia, and, in order to appease the South, a new fugitive-slave law would curtail the legal rights of fugitives in free states and impose penalties on anyone harboring them.
In , the question of slavery expansion arose again, this time in connection with the Kansas and Nebraska territories. A few years later, Douglas angered Southern Democrats as well by suggesting that the decision of the U. When Douglas ran for reelection to the Senate in , his Republican opponent, Abraham Lincoln, accused him of hiding his true convictions under the cloak of compromise.
This was probably an overstatement deployed for rhetorical purposes. Senator John C. Calhoun was a dying man, too weak to stand and speak, so a colleague read his words for him. Come to your senses! Ere ye strike on the rock of Compromise!
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In the event, he was pinned down in the arsenal for two days before being captured, tried, and executed along with several of his accomplices. The first man to die in the raid was a free black railroad porter whom Brown or one of his comrades shot in the back. The editors of a new anthology of contemporary and retrospective responses to Brown, John Stauffer and Zoe Trodd, describe, with a serviceable if infelicitous metaphor, his effect on the nation:.
Instead of political ideas moving toward a center, as they ordinarily do in America, like milk flowing down the sides of a bowl toward the bottom, they suddenly shot up and out toward the lip, the extreme edges. As a result, revolutionaries became heroes or antiheroes , while compromisers With his raid on Harpers Ferry, Brown jostled the political bowl. They believe that if he had not acted, the Democratic Party would not have split between unionists and secessionists, and Stephen Douglas would have been elected president in instead of Lincoln.
Historians of antebellum America have often been inclined to imagine alternative histories.
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Polk, the Civil War might never have happened. Stauffer and Trodd present conflicting points of view about Brown, but it is clear whose side they are on. In their view, Brown was a non-violent man despite his having participated in the murder of several pro-slavery settlers in Kansas driven by a deep religious faith to liberate people unable to liberate themselves. Such an assessment tends to relegate those who opposed both slavery and anti-slavery violence to a purgatory reserved for moral cowards.
To this reader, at least, it is the sort of thing that lifts or lowers Seward out of the usual formalities and makes him rather likable.
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