Friday, March 7, 2008

Daniel Webster

This is a portrait of Senator Daniel Webster. It was on this day, March 7, in the year 1850, that Webster presented his famous "Seventh of March" speech to congress. In the speech he argued for sectional compromise on the issue of slavery. The result was the Compromise of 1850. This, along with the earlier Missouri Compromise delayed the Civil War for another ten years. Neither of these compromises really addressed the fundamental issues, and hence only delayed the inevitable.
I often wonder if wiser men could have avoided the Civil War.

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