Item #23527 Forts in the Seceding States, Speech of Hon. John C. Breckinridge, of Kentucky, in the United States Senate, March 18, 1861. John C. Breckinridge.

Forts in the Seceding States, Speech of Hon. John C. Breckinridge, of Kentucky, in the United States Senate, March 18, 1861

[Washington]: [1861].

First Edition. Softcover. Very good. Eight-page pamphlet printed in double columns. Top edge remains unopened, light general handling wear; very good. In this speech delivered ten days after Abraham Lincoln's inauguration, the former Vice-President asserts that the Republicans are being disingenuous in claiming that their main goal is to preserve the Union, when in fact they want to end slavery--or at least keep it from expanding to the border states--despite the important contribution of the South to the national economy. He argues that the federal government should show its true commitment to maintaining peace by removing troops from forts in the seven states that have seceded. His penultimate paragraph: "If there be a real desire to reunite all the States in a constitutional Union, instead of adhering, with stubborn tenacity, to those principles which will rive the Union as surely as the wedge rives the live oak, instead of devising schemes to demoralize the border slave States, and to divide and distract the South, address yourselves to the real questions at issue. Will your people agree that the common Government shall be impartial between these States and their institutions? Will it cease to aggress upon them? Will it cease to put them under the ban of the Republic? Will is accord to them a proper share in the common inheritance of all the States and all the people? These are the questions; and you, and you alone, and those you represent, can answer them." Breckinridge was expelled from the Senate in December, 1861, and later served as Jefferson Davis's fifth Secretary of War.

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