Slavery exerted no slight influence over the public mind at the period when the Federal Constitution was framed; but it has continually increased in power, and become more and more malignant, from that time until the present. In proof of this, I might advert to many of the leading measures of the National Government, and to much of the history of our country, since the adoption of the Constitution; but I choose to illustrate this position, by referring to the prevailing opinion of those who framed the Constitution, and to a single subsequent act of the Government, viz., “The Missouri Compromise.” I thus restrict myself, for the purpose of presenting at large the testimony of several witnesses, who were actors in the scene they describe, and who were competent, in all respects, to form a correct judgment.
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New England Anti-Slavery Tract Association
Slavery, New England Anti-Slavery
United States History
Appleton, James, "The Missouri Compromise: or, The Extension of the Slave Power" (1843). Maine Bicentennial. 10.