New York: John Trow, 1854. 22, [2 blanks] pp. Broken stitching, gathered signatures. Old duplicate rubberstamp, light dusting. Good+.
Cooley's speech demonstrates the disruption of the Democratic Party caused by President Pierce's Kansas policy, Stephen A. Douglas's attempt to repeal the 1820 Missouri Compromise, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act.
Cooley, a New York State Senator, also was a bookseller, auctioneer, and member of the advisory board which planned Central Park. With hyperbolic alliteration he condemns the "empty-hearted, unprincipled minions of place and public plunder" who populate Pierce's Administration. The Kansas-Nebraska Act has "sunk General Pierce and his paltry pettifogging cabinet to the bottomless pit of the people's contempt" and ripped apart the New York Democratic Party. Cooley reviews the national government's policy toward slavery since its founding. Soon he and others like him would become Republicans.
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