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The Slavery Question

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Excerpt from The Slavery Question: Speech of Hon. C. C. Washburn, of Wisconsin; Delivered in the U. S. House of Representatives, April 26, 1860 Governor Wise should excite sympathy everywhere, where bravery, sincerity, and truth, are regarded. I presume that the German population of Wisconsin participate more or less in that feeling. They are generally opposed to the institution of slavery, and to the extension of slavery. Very many of them act with the Republican party; and I doubt not that they would nearly all do so, were it not that in our State the Democratic party has, to a great extent, persuaded them that they were the real friends of freedom, free soil, and free men, and that the most effectual way to prevent the further extension of slavery was to vote the Democratic ticket. As they learn our language, however, very readily, they soon begin to read for themselves, and, as they do so, generally become Republicans; and, sooner or later, the great mass of Germans will belong to the Republican party. Southern men and slaveholders understand this perfectly well, and hence it is that they look with such horror upon the ingress of Germans into the free Slates. They see that the effect must be to increase the power and influence of free labor, and thus render more speedy and certain the result of that irrepressible conflict, which always has existed and always will exist, between free and slave labor. It is this sentiment, in regard to that class of population, that renders the South nearly unanimous against that much-desired Republican measure, a homestead bill, and which has led a Democratic Senate to substitute for the House bill one depriving foreigners of its benefits. It is in vain for my colleague to endeavor to persuade his Southern friends here that the Germans of Wisconsin are in favor of slavery or slavery extension. Southern politicians are not easily imposed upon by protestations of Northern men, which they know have no foundation in reason; and Northern men who set out to prove to them that the North is not opposed to the further extension of slavery, generally end in winning the contempt of those they endeavor to deceive. The German population of Wisconsin, taken as a body, are intelligent, industrious, loyal, and patriotic. Among them may be found some of the most brilliant and highly-cultivated minds of which the country can boast. They have contributed largely to the wealth, power, and prosperity of the State, and to their honor I speak, what my colleague dare not deny, they are opposed to slavery and slavery extension. As my colleague represents a larger foreign born constituency than any other gentleman here, and a constituency generally opposed to slavery and slavery extension, I will leave him to explain to that constituency the reason why he gratuitously declared on this floor, during the contest for Speaker, that he was ready to leave his own party, and vote for a member of the Southern American party, in order to defeat the Republican candidate for Speaker, and afterwards did so vote. Will his reason be, that the South American party entertained views more nearly akin to those of his constituents than the Republicans? What are the views of the South Americans, that rendered my colleague so eager to declare that he would vote for any one of their number for Speaker? Many of them believe that the Constitution of the United States carries slavery into all our Territories, and that it is the duty of Congress to pass laws to protect it there. They also believe that our Government is in danger from the introduction of foreigners; and are in favor, as I understand, of increasing the time required for their naturalization. These are the main points of difference between the Americans and Republicans; and because of these points of difference, my colleague so much prefers a South American to a Republican. I cannot but think that it was rather hard, afte


Titel: The Slavery Question
Untertitel: Speech of Hon. C. C. Washburn, of Wisconsin; Delivered in the U. S. House of Representatives, April 26, 1860 (Classic Reprint)
EAN: 9781330821381
ISBN: 1330821386
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Genre: Politikwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 22
Gewicht: 46g
Größe: H229mm x B152mm x T1mm
Jahr: 2015



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