Baltimore: John Murphy, 1860. 24pp, disbound. Very Good.
In a deliberate scheme to bar Northern Democrats like Stephen Douglas from the Party's 1860 nomination, Jefferson Davis proposed Slave Code Resolutions which would prohibit, not merely Congress, but a territorial legislature as well, from restricting slavery; and require Congress to protect slaveholders from hostile territorial inhabitants should such a legislature fail to do so. Davis and Southern Senators like Chesnut of South Carolina-- "a conspicuous figure among the representatives of the southern states " [DAB] and husband of the Civil War diarist-- thus rejected Douglas's Popular Sovereignty doctrine that inhabitants of a territory had the right to vote slavery up or down, as they saw fit. The Davis Resolutions far exceeded what Northern or Border State Democrats could stomach. The Resolutions accomplished what many Southerners hoped-- the rending of the Democratic Party-- and paved the way for secession.
Sabin 12522. III Turnbull 297. LCP 2247. Item #31626