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STUDIES IN

AMERICAN POLITICAL HISTORY

EDITED WITH INTRODUCTIONS BY

ALEXANDER JOHNSTON

Late Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Economy in
the College of New Jersey

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INTRODUCTION TO THE REVISED VOLUME.

THE third volume of the American Orations is devoted to the continuation of the slavery controversy and to the progress of the secession movement which culminated in civil war.

To the speeches of the former edition of the volume have been added: Everett on the Nebraska bill; Benjamin on the Property Doctrine and Slavery in the Territories; Lincoln on the Dred Scott Decision; Wade on Secession and the State of the Union; Crittenden on the Crittenden Compromise; and Jefferson Davis's notable speech in which he took leave of the United State Senate, in January, 1861.

Judged by its political consequences no piece of legislation in American history is of

VOL. III.

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