chapter  6
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The Reign of Sectionalism

In regard to the sentiments of a majority of the northern people upon the subject of slavery as an abstract proposition, either morally or politically, there can be no diversity of opinion. Slavery, as it exists in the southern States, is a moral as well as social and political evil. The prevalent sentiments of the northern mind in reference to the question of slavery, viewed either socially, morally, or politically. These sentiments have prevailed from the beginning of the Government. On the other hand, people of the South entertain directly antagonistic opinions as matters of conscience and as matter of political opinions, on each one of these propositions. Men who believed, as does the Senator from Ohio that slavery is a moral, social, and political evil, in that convention, sanctioned the Constitution, and labored for its adoption and ratification.