Causes that Led to the War Between the States

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A. B. Caldwell, 1915 - Secession - 108 pages

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Page 95 - I have only to say that the militia of Virginia will not be furnished to the powers at Washington for any such use or purpose as they have in view. Your object is to subjugate the Southern States, and a requisition made upon me for such an object — an object in my judgment not within the purview of the Constitution or the Act of 1795 — will not be complied with.
Page 29 - Massa" chusetts, that, in a War like the present, waged " without justifiable cause, and prosecuted in a " manner which indicates that conquest and am"bition are its real motives, it is not becoming a " moral and religious people to express any approbation of Military or Naval exploits, which " are not immediately connected with the defence
Page 65 - Then, Senators, we recur to the compact which binds us together — we recur to the principles upon which our Government was founded ; and when you deny them, and when you deny to us the right to withdraw from a Government which, thus perverted, threatens to be destructive of our rights, we but tread in the path of our fathers when we proclaim our independence, and take the hazard.
Page 98 - Any people anywhere being inclined and having the power have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right —a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world.
Page 26 - Massachusetts, in fomenting disaffection to the constituted authorities of the nation, and in intrigues with the disaffected, for the purpose of bringing about resistance to the laws, and, eventually, in concert with a British force, of destroying the union and forming the eastern part thereof into a political connection with Great Britain.
Page 34 - The importation of slaves into the colonies from the coast of Africa hath long been considered as a trade of great inhumanity, and under its present encouragement, we have too much reason to fear will endanger the very existence of your Majesty's American dominions.
Page 21 - For my own part, I consider those laws as merely an experiment on the American mind, to see how far it will bear an avowed violation of the constitution. If this goes down, we shall immediately see attempted another act of Congress, declaring that the President shall continue in office during life, reserving to another occasion the transfer of the succession to his heirs, and the establishment of the Senate for life.
Page 87 - WHEREAS, In the opinion of this Convention, the uncertainty which prevails in the public mind as to the policy which the Federal Executive intends to pursue toward the seceded States, is extremely injurious to the industrial and commercial interests of the country...
Page 98 - Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people that can may revolutionize and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit.
Page 104 - Thy Troy is fallen; thy dear land Is marred beneath the spoiler's heel. I cannot trust my trembling hand To write the things I feel. Ah! Realm of tombs! But let her bear This blazon to the last of times: No nation rose so white and fair, Or fell so pure of crimes.

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