Hopkins, a Northern supporter of slavery, defends slavery as the will, and law, of God. He does not explain how slavery might be abolished without breaking the law of God, but he does acknowledge the possibility of Abolition.
James Buchanan outlines the development of the great crisis that culminated in the outbreak of the Civil War at the end of his presidency. He places the polarizing issue of slavery at the center of turmoil, commenting on decades of hardening views...
Compiled and edited by John Bassett Moore, this twelve-volume set of the collected letters and speeches of James Buchanan, spanning his entire political career, includes both personal and professional documents.
In April 1792 in the House of Commons, critic of the French Revolution Edmund Burke denounces the visit to Paris of Thomas Cooper and James Watt. Cooper replies immediately with a republican critique of the British political system.
In 1798, Benjamin Rush collects twenty-five of his previous writings and republishes them in a single volume. The essays range in topic from education and crime and punishment to tobacco use and the slave trade.
These letters from Alexander Kelly McClure, a powerful Pennsylvania Whig/Republican, touch on the rise of the party, the election of Governor Andrew Curtin, and the maintenance of an effective war footing for the state during the Civil War.
In an effort to generate more solidarity for the Union, James McLanahan suggests that the people of each state and territory should decide for themselves whether slavery should be permitted within their state.
John Dickinson pens two series of letters under the pseudonym "Fabius." The first series appears in 1788, to rally support for the ratification of the new United States Constitution. In the second series, written in 1797, Dickinson comments with...