EXTRACTS FROM THE SPEECH OF HON. MR. BENJAMIN, OF LOUISIANA, ON THE KANSAS QUESTION: SHOWING THE TRUE MEANING OF THE KANSAS LAW, AND HIS REASONS FOR JOINING THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. DELIVERED IN THE SENATE, MAY 2, 1856.

Washington: Printed at the Union Office, 1856. 8pp. Disbound, first and last leaves browned, Good+.

Benjamin of Louisiana was the second Jew to serve in the United States Senate, after David Yulee of Florida. Benjamin's fear that the South was becoming a beleaguered minority caused him to abandon his Whig roots. "On May 2, 1856, he made a speech in the Senate on the Kansas Bill and confessed himself a Democrat. He became an ardent partisan of Buchanan, that year, and on the expiration of his term in the Senate was returned for a new term by his new friends" [DAB].
FIRST EDITION. Sabin 4707. Not in LCP, Singerman. Item #23944

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