THE SUNDAY QUESTION. SPEECH OF...OF ST. LOUIS, IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF MISSOURI, DECEMBER 21, 1859, ON THE 'BILL TO PREVENT CERTAIN PRACTICES ON SUNDAY, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.'.

St. Louis: George Knapp, 1860. Original printed wrappers [some dustsoiling, old postage stamp cancelled on front wrap], stitched, 29pp. Light scattered fox. Very Good.

At this time, after several earlier metamorphoses, Drake was a pro-Douglas Democrat. Within a year, however, he became a Republican and led the "radical faction" in Missouri, "with a definite program, including immediate emancipation, a new constitution, and a system of drastic disfranchisement." DAB. Here, speaking in favor of Sunday closing laws, he denounces-- passionately and intemperately, in language reflecting his Know-Nothing roots-- St. Louis's large German immigrant population, who would soon be his political allies. "It is the infidel Germans, - those who hold that the Sabbath is no better than any other day,- those who bring from Europe their peculiar customs and institutions, and demand to have them tolerated and legalized in this country, though utterly variant from all our habits and feelings...they are the ones who oppose this measure, and they are the ones who are ever the opponents of the Democratic party in St. Louis."
FIRST EDITION. Not in Sabin, Eberstadt, Decker, Harv. Law Cat., Marke. 148 NUC 0364458 [4]. OCLC 15531719 [10]. Item #9239

Price: $125.00

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