POLITICAL RECORD OF STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS ON THE SLAVERY QUESTION. A TRACT ISSUED BY THE ILLINOIS REPUBLICAN STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE. THIRD EDITION, REVISED AND ENLARGED. CONTENTS. PART I., ANTI-SLAVERY. PART II., PRO-SLAVERY. PART III., MISCELLANEOUS.

[Springfield? Chicago? 1860]. Uncut and untrimmed folio leaf, folded to 16pp. Light wear and dust, printer's flaw affecting a few letters, else Very Good.

This Illinois campaign document is one of three variant printings, each with similar material, but with some differences. Each attacks Douglas for hypocrisy on the question of Congressional power to control slavery in the Territories. Each paints him as an extreme Southern Rights partisan, supporting the Dred Scott Decision and scuttling the Missouri Compromise. This "revised and enlarged" printing contains several additional short sections, with captions, not found in the first edition. Some of these include: "He Distinctly Asserts the Right of Congress to Govern the Territories;" "He Says the People of the Northwest were Conscientiously Opposed to Slavery;" "He Believes in the Higher Law;" "Popular Sovereignty in the Nebraska Bill;" "He Resolves Never to Make Another Speech on the Slavery Question;" "He Urges that Slavery Should Last Forever;" "He says the Almighty has Required the Existence of Slavery."
In his early public career, Douglas had extolled the immutable nature of the 1820 Missouri Compromise, and insisted that Congress had full power over the Territories. But in 1854, leading the Kansas-Nebraska Act forces and advocating Popular Sovereignty, he changed horses: only a Territory's inhabitants could decide whether to bar slavery within its borders. His attempt to reconcile the Dred Scott Decision with Popular Sovereignty, and his unconcern with slavery as a social and moral question, are mocked and scorned.
LCP 8794. Sabin 20696n. Not in Eberstadt, Decker, Miles, Ante-Fire Imprints. Item #31452

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