NON-INTERVENTION- POPULAR SOVEREIGNTY. SPEECH ...IN REPLY TO HON. A.G. BROWN, OF MISSISSIPPI, IN OPPOSITION TO THE PASSAGE OF A CODE OF LAWS BY CONGRESS TO PROTECT SLAVERY IN THE TERRITORIES...TOGETHER WITH AN APPENDIX, SHOWING THE POSITION OF DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC MEN ON THIS QUESTION IN THE GREAT CONTESTS OF 1854 AND 1856.

Washington: Towers, 1859. 32pp, disbound, light age-toning, Very Good. Pro-slavery concern that Douglas's Popular Sovereignty might actually render Kansas a Free State turned Southerners against that doctrine, particularly because the Dred Scott decision-- indicating that Congress could not constitutionally bar slavery from the Territories-- had severely undercut Douglas's position. Thus emboldened, seeking to destroy Douglas's presidential candidacy, Brown and his southern brethren maneuvered for passage of a Slave Code to protect "slave property" in the Territories. Such a Code would destroy Popular Sovereignty as well as Douglas, who had argued that, because slavery required positive legislation to sustain it, it could never exist in an unfriendly political climate. Supporting the Free State majority in Kansas, opposing the Slave Codes, Douglas responded vigorously and thereby regained much of the Northern support that he had previously squandered. FIRST EDITION. Sabin 20693n. LCP 3196. Item #7275

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