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American Eloquence, Volume 3 Studies In American Political History (1897)   By: (1849-1889)

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Edited with Introduction by Alexander Johnston

Reedited by James Albert Woodburn

Volume III. (of 4)




SALMON PORTLAND CHASE On The Kansas Nebraska Bill United States Senate, February 3, 1854.

EDWARD EVERETT On The Kansas Nebraska Bill United States Senate, February 8, 1854.

STEPHEN ARNOLD DOUGLAS On The Kansas Nebraska Bill United States Senate, March 3, 1854.

CHARLES SUMNER On The Crime Against Kansas United States Senate, May 20, 1856.

PRESTON S. BROOKS On The Sumner Assault House Of Representatives, July 14, 1856.

JUDAH P. BENJAMIN On The Property Doctrine And Slavery In The Territories United States Senate, March 11, 1858.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN On The Dred Scott Decision Springfield, Ills., June 26, 1857.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN On His Nomination To The United States Senate At The Republican State Convention, June 16,1858.

THE LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE DOUGLAS In Reply To Lincoln Freeport, Ills., August 27, 1858.

WILLIAM H. SEWARD On The Irrepressible Conflict Rochester, N. Y., October 25, 1858.


JOHN PARKER HALE On Secession; Moderate Republican Opinion United States Senate, December 5, 1860.

ALFRED IVERSON On Secession; Secessionist Opinion United States Senate, December 5, 1860.

BENJAMIN WADE On Secession, And The State Of The Union; Radical Republican Opinion United States Senate, December 17, 1860.

JOHN JORDON CRITTENDEN On The Crittenden Compromise; Border State Unionist Opinion United States Senate, December 18, 1860.

ROBERT TOOMBS On Secession; Secessionist Opinion United States Senate, January 7, 1861.

SAMUEL SULLIVAN COX On Secession; Douglas Democratic Opinion House Of Representatives, January 14, 1861.

JEFFERSON DAVIS On Withdrawal From The Union; Secessionist Opinion United States Senate, January 21, 1861.


WILLIAM H. SEWARD Frontispiece From a photograph.

SALMON P. CHASE From a daguerreotype, engraved by F. E. JONES.

EDWARD EVERETT From a painting by R. M. STAIGG.

STEPHEN A. DOUGLASS From a steel engraving.

JEFFERSON DAVIS From a photograph.


The third volume of the American Eloquence is devoted to the continuation of the slavery controversy and to the progress of the secession movement which culminated in civil war.

To the speeches of the former edition of the volume have been added: Everett on the Nebraska bill; Benjamin on the Property Doctrine and Slavery in the Territories; Lincoln on the Dred Scott Decision; Wade on Secession and the State of the Union; Crittenden on the Crittenden Compromise; and Jefferson Davis's notable speech in which he took leave of the United State Senate, in January, 1861.

Judged by its political consequences no piece of legislation in American history is of greater historical importance than the Kansas Nebraska bill. By that act the Missouri Compromise was repealed and the final conflict entered upon with the slave power. In addition to the speeches of Douglas and Chase, representing the best word on the opposing sides of the famous Nebraska controversy, the new volume includes the notable contribution by Edward Everett to the Congressional debates on that subject. Besides being an orator of high rank and of literary renown, Everett represented a distinct body of political opinion. As a conservative Whig he voiced the sentiment of the great body of the followers of Webster and Clay who had helped to establish the Compromise of 1850 and who wished to leave that settlement undisturbed... Continue reading book >>

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