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Seward, William Henry (1801-1872) Speech of Hon. William H. Seward for the immediate admission of Kansas into the Union; delivered in the Senate of the United States, April 9, 1856.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05116.12 Author/Creator: Seward, William Henry (1801-1872) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Pamphlet Date: 9 April 1856 Pagination: 1 v. : 15 pages ; 22.2 x 14 cm.

Summary of Content: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office. Signed by J. I. Werner on cover. Seward states, "I will grant, for the sake of the argument, that with Federal battalions you can carry slavery into Kansas, and maintain it there. Are you quite confident that this republican form of government can then be upheld and preserved? You will then yourselves have introduced the Trojan horse. No republican government ever has endured, with standing armies maintained in its bosom to enforce submission to its laws... In extending slavery into Kansas, therefore, by arms, you will subvert the liberties of the people." Cover page is separated from binding.

Background Information: Seward was a United States Senator from New York 1849-1860.

People: Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872
Werner, J. I

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: CongressPoliticsAbolitionSlaveryAfrican American HistoryWestward ExpansionMissouri CompromiseStatehoodBleeding KansasMilitary HistoryStanding ArmyGovernment and Civics

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