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Everett, Edward (1794-1865) An address delivered before the citizens of Worcester.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04972 Author/Creator: Everett, Edward (1794-1865) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Pamphlet signed Date: 4 July 1833 Pagination: 40 p. ; 24.5 x 15 cm.

Discusses the consequences of dissolution of the Union in the immediate aftermath of the Nullification crisis. Written during the Nullification crisis. "I know, indeed, that the dissolution of the Union would be the source of incalculable injury to every part of it; as it would, in great likelihood, lead to border and civil war, and eventually to military despotism" (page 9). Describes the Union as a pillar of American independence. Speaks of celebrating the Fourth of July and remembering the founding fathers and the Revolutionary War. Details the history of the United States from colonial times to the Revolution. Printed by Joseph T. Buckingham.

Edward Everett (1794-1865), a famed educator, orator and Whig politician from Massachusetts, served as President of Harvard University, Congressman, Senator, Governor, and Secretary of State. He also delivered the keynote speech at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg, speaking after President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

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