Speech of John A. Quitman, of Mississippi, on the Powers of the Federal Government with Regard to the Territories. Delivered during the debate on the President's Annual Message, in the House of Representatives, December 18, 1856. African Americana, John Quitman, nthony.
Speech of John A. Quitman, of Mississippi, on the Powers of the Federal Government with Regard to the Territories. Delivered during the debate on the President's Annual Message, in the House of Representatives, December 18, 1856

Speech of John A. Quitman, of Mississippi, on the Powers of the Federal Government with Regard to the Territories. Delivered during the debate on the President's Annual Message, in the House of Representatives, December 18, 1856

Washington: (S.n), 1857. Pamphlet. Octavo. 16 pages. Very Good. Original pale green wrappers over sewn binding. Some light soil, wrinkles, minor stains, to wrappers, along with a few old pencil and pen names and doodles. Interior leaves moderately and evenly browned. Pamphlet shows evidence of having been folded vertically.

Quitman was adamantly pro-slavery and his arguments here concern expansion of slavery into new territories jointly held--in his view--by the several sovereign States of the union. This debate over the true nature of the federal government had been skillfully argued on both sides for decades, and would take the Civil War to finally settle it. Quitman wouldn't live to see that resolution, however. He was a victim of the National Hotel epidemic that mysteriously afflicted many guests staying there for the inauguration of James Buchanan in March of 1857. SABIN 67368.

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