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The Kansas-Nebraska Bill (1854)

New York Tribune, (Jan. 6):
"a breach of solemn compact between the North and the South"
New York Times, (Jan. 6):
"The 'finality' of the 'Compromise' will be severely tested"
New York Tribune, (Jan. 11):
"[Slavery] now proposes to invade and overrun the soil of freedom"
Washington (DC), Union, (Jan. 15):
"The Tribune...would deny to the people the right of self-government"
Charleston (SC) Mercury, (Jan. 23):
"The organization of this proposed Territory is to be attended with a renewal of strife"
Salmon P. Chase, Appeal of the Independent Democrats (Jan. 24)
"We arraign this bill as a gross violation of a sacred pledge"
Richmond, Virginia, Enquirer, (Jan. 25):
"It is designed ... to carry out in good faith the principles of the Compromise of 1850"
New York Tribune, (Jan. 26):
"the whole strength of the North will be brought into the field against this infamous project."
Charleston (SC) Mercury, (Jan. 26):
"The South and the New York Factions."
Hartford, Conn., Daily Courant, (Jan. 27):
"This is a bold bid of Douglas for the next Presidency"
New Hampshire Patriot, (Feb. 1):
"The whigs and abolitionists are evidently determined to ... reopen the disturbing questions so satisfactorily settled by the Compromise measures."
Raleigh, (N.C.) Register, (Feb. 1):
"We somewhat doubt the utility of disturbing the Missouri Compromise."
Pittsburgh Gazette, (Feb. 2):
"Mr. Douglas betrays his own sense of its inherent wickedness."
Charleston, South Carolina, Mercury, (Feb 3)
"Repeal of the Missouri Compromise."
Charleston, South Carolina, Mercury, (Feb 4)
"Senator Douglas made a powerful speech in vindication of the Nebraska bill."
Charleston, South Carolina, Mercury, (Feb 4)
"The effort to couple friendship to the South with opposition to this bill, is too specious to deceive any one."
Charleston, South Carolina, Mercury, (Feb 6)
"[Senator Douglas's speech was] a most triumphant vindication of his own position."
Richmond, (Va.), Enquirer, (Feb. 7):
"Whig Opposition to the Nebraska Bill."
New Hampshire Patriot, (Feb. 8):
"We have seldom read an abler or more conclusive argument in support of any measure"
Springfield (IL) Daily Register, (Feb. 11):
"the able and unanswerable speech of Judge Douglas"
Milledgeville, Ga. Federal Union, (Feb. 14):
"The South has for more than thirty years borne the unjust and unconstitutional restrictions embraced in the Missouri Compromise for the sake of peace."
Richmond, Va. Enquirer, (Feb 16):
"While the Abolitionists are thus inflaming the zeal of their followers ... does it become the South to await the onset with apathy and indifference? "
Albany, (N.Y.) Evening Journal, (Feb. 21):
"Douglas's bill of abominations challenges a contest between Freedom and Slavery"
Raleigh, (N.C.) Register, (Feb 22):
"our hope now is that it will be so modified as to be no longer obnoxious"
Ithaca, (N.Y.) Chronicle, (Mar. 1):
"Meetings have been held in almost every village in the State without distinction of party"
Richmond, Va. Enquirer, (Mar. 2):
"We warn the Abolitionists against a misconception of this calm and quiet temper of the public mind of the South."
The Citizen, (New York City), (Mar. 4):
"We presume that the public is tired of this debate"
Raleigh, (N.C.) Register, (Mar. 8):
"Douglas unqualifiedly admitted the power of Congress to prohibit slavery in the territories!"
Milledgeville, Ga. Federal Union, (Mar. 14):
"It is truly gratifying to see the South united upon the great question of Southern Rights."
Raleigh, (N.C.) Register, (Mar. 22):
"The true national Party"
Milledgeville, Ga. Federal Union, (Mar. 28):
"Every day it becomes more and more manifest that the South will be forced to act as a unit."
Jackson Mississippian, (Mar. 31):
"The contrast between the attitude of the opposers of the Nebraska Bill at the North, and its advocates at the South, is very striking..."
Raleigh, (N.C.) Register, (Apr. 15):
"The Standard attributes the defeat of its party to the Nebraska Bill"
Milledgeville, Ga. Federal Union, (Apr. 18):
"Squatter Sovereignty."
Jackson Mississippian, (Apr. 21):
"With the Northern Whigs will be affiliated treacherous Democrats in that quarter."
New York Tribune, (May 12):
"The Nebraska Swindle."
Richmond, Va. Enquirer, (May 15):
"We cannot believe that Congress will betray the interests of the Union into the hands of faction."
Hartford, (Conn.) Daily Courant, (May 16):
"the whole slavery agitation has been reopened by the South themselves"
Raleigh, (N.C.) Register, (May 17):
"Will the people of the old States...suffer themselves to be humbugged by...the Administration?"
Hartford, (Conn.) Daily Courant, (May 20):
"If we succumb now, the chains are forged for us ."
Albany, (N.Y.) Evening Journal, (May 23):
"We cannot predict what will be the consequences of this last and most fatal blow to Liberty"
Hartford, (Conn.) Daily Courant, (May 23):
"Our Democratic masters are determined to admit slavery, but not to leave its rejection possible."
Pittsburgh, Pa. Gazette, (May 23):
"The astonishing perfidy to the Free States of this Union has been consummated, by the aid of forty-four traitors..."
Hartford, (Conn.) Daily Courant, (May 24):
"The evil has been consummated."
Richmond, Virginia Enquirer, (May 26):
"Against the delusion that the passage of the bill settles the slavery controversy ... we would particularly admonish the people of the South."
Charleston Mercury, (May 27):
"The Rights of Minorities."
Hartford, (Conn.) Daily Courant, (May 27):
"A New Party...to oppose the extent of the area of slavery."
Charleston Mercury, (May 29):
"The Nebraska-Kansas bill passed... we are glad to get rid of it."
Milledgeville (Ga.) Federal Union, (May 30):
"The odious distinction between North and South is blotted out."
Raleigh, (N.C.) Register, (May 31):
"Messrs. Rogers and Puryear could have seen much in the Bill which might be injurious to the South"
New Hampshire Patriot, (May 31):
"We rejoice in it because we believe it to be right and just in principle..."
Jackson Mississippian, (June 2):
We are gratified, because it erases from the statute-book....a most odious enactment to the South, degrading her institutions, and asserting her inferiority in the Union.
Hartford (Conn.), Daily Courant, (June 6):
"The Plans of the Slave Power."