Letter to John B. Dillon

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dc.contributor.author Harrison, William Henry, 1773-1841 en_US
dc.coverage.spatial North Bend, Ohio en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-13T20:57:43Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-13T20:57:43Z
dc.date.created October 12, 1838 en_US
dc.date.issued 2009-02-13T20:57:43Z
dc.identifier.other GL0034_001-4 en_US
dc.identifier.other GL0034_002-3 en_US
dc.identifier.other GL0034 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2374.OX/62409
dc.description Two years before he was elected president, William Henry Harrison argued for the sovereign independence of states and insisted that slavery was a matter for the states alone to consider. His position on the inability of the federal government to interfere in any way with slavery in the existing states was an expression of what historians term "the federal consensus." This was the widespread assumption, shared by most radical abolitionists as well as lawyers and judges, that the Constitution left the issue of slavery to the states and prohibited the federal government from interfering with the institution in states where it already existed. It was this consensus that made the question of slavery in the territories so urgent and vital. Even Abraham Lincoln assumed that the central government could never tamper with slavery in the states. Hence, it took an act of rebellion to finally justify limited emancipation as a war measure. In this letter, dated October 12, 1838, to John B. Dillon, Harrison states while he he never gives his political opinion for publication, states should retain sovereign independence and that slavery, by not being discussed in the Constitution, is a matter for states to decide. en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Gilder Lehrman Collection en_US
dc.rights Gilder Lehrman Collection en_US
dc.rights.uri http://www.freedomcenter.org/about-us/contact-us/ en_US
dc.subject Harrison, William Henry, 1773-1841 -- Correspondence en_US
dc.subject Slavery -- Law and legislation -- United States en_US
dc.subject United States -- Politics and government -- 1815-1861 en_US
dc.subject Dillon, John B. en_US
dc.subject (John Brown), 1808?-1879. en_US
dc.title Letter to John B. Dillon en_US
dc.type Autograph letter signed en_US
dc.publisher.digital National Underground Railroad Freedom Center en_US
dc.contributor.repository Gilder Lehrman Collection at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center en_US
dc.repository.place Cincinnati, Ohio en_US
dc.rights.permissions World en_US

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