This collection of late antebellum U.S. Senate speeches exemplifies the official statements of the public men from the South, North, and West as they struggled with the questions of national identity and the right of self-government within the context of the rule of law.

chapter 1|10 pages

Party Platforms for the Election of 1860

chapter 2|26 pages

This Modern Revolution

chapter 3|12 pages

Constitutional Compromise

chapter 4|66 pages

Preserve the Union

chapter 5|32 pages

War Will Follow

chapter 6|22 pages

The Reign of Sectionalism

chapter 7|36 pages

Slavery Agitation As Partisan Warfare

chapter 8|34 pages

Pulling Down the Political Temple

chapter 9|24 pages

The Instincts of Empire

chapter 10|20 pages

The Enlargement of Empire

chapter 11|14 pages

Senate Resignations

chapter 12|38 pages

The Right of Secession

Edited ByJoseph Lane

chapter 13|10 pages

The Momentous Issue of Civil War