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Seward, William Henry (1801-1872) California, union, and freedom. Speech of William H. Seward, on the admission of California.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05938 Author/Creator: Seward, William Henry (1801-1872) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Pamphlet Date: 11 March 1850 Pagination: 1 v. : 16 p. ; 24.5 x 16 cm.

Summary of Content: Printed by Buell & Blanchard. Uncut. Argues for the admission of California into the Union (as a free state).

People: Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Westward ExpansionAmerican WestStatehoodSlaveryAfrican American HistoryAmerican Statesmen

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