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The Constitution in CongressDescent into the Maelstrom, 1829-1861$
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David P. Currie

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226129167

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226131160.001.0001

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South Carolina, Arkansas, and Liberia

South Carolina, Arkansas, and Liberia

(p.24) 2 South Carolina, Arkansas, and Liberia
The Constitution in Congress
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South Carolina initiated the great battle over anti-slavery petitions. It was also the incubator of a contemporaneous confrontation over the transmission of abolitionist materials by post. Arkansas was the subject of resurgent jousting over the admission of new slave states, and Liberia was the poster-child destination of controversial schemes for the transplantation of former slaves. Michigan, free from human bondage by virtue of the Northeast Ordinance, was linked with Arkansas in an effort to preserve senatorial parity among states with and without slavery. This chapter addresses the constitutional issues surrounding Michigan's admission. It also discusses a reversal policy in South Carolina with respect to the state's continuing effort to exclude free African Americans thought to pose a threat both to security of the South and to its “peculiar institution.”

Keywords:   South Carolina, constitutional issues, Northeast Ordinance, Michigan, Arkansas, anti-slavery petitions

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