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Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889) Speech of Mr. Davis, of Mississippi, on the subject of slavery in the territories.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08461 Author/Creator: Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Pamphlet Date: 13-14 February 1850 Pagination: 1 v. : 32 p. ; 23.5 x 15.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Senator Davis, future President of the Confederacy, speech made while a member of Congress. Responds to resolutions introduced by Senator Henry Clay pertaining to the Compromise of 1850. Davis asks, "...is there such incompatibility of interest between the two sections of this country that they cannot profitable live together? Does the agriculture of the South injure the manufactures of the North? On the other hand are they not their life-blood?"

Background Information:

People: Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: SlaveryAfrican American HistoryCongressGovernment and CivicsConfederate General or LeaderAgriculture and Animal HusbandryIndustry

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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