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Chapter 43:

  • Subjugation of the border States, Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri
  • -- a military force invades Maryland and occupies Baltimore -- martial law declared -- civil government of the state suspended -- unalienable rights of the citizens invaded -- arrests of citizens commenced -- case of John Merryman -- opinion of Chief Justice Taney -- order of commanding General to marshals to put test to voters -- the governor Appeals to President -- his reply -- voters imprisoned -- statement of the governor -- result of the election -- state constitutional convention -- emancipation hardly carried -- first open measures in Kentucky -- interference at the state election by the United States government -- voters excluded -- martial law declared -- the vote -- statement of the governor -- attempt to enroll able-bodied negroes -- the governor Visits Washington -- arrests, imprisonment, and exile of citizens -- suspension of the writ of habeas corpus by President Lincoln -- interference with the state election -- order to the sheriffs -- proclamation of the governor -- enlistment of slaves -- emancipation by constitutional amendment -- violent measures in Missouri -- the governor calls out the militia -- bravery of the governor -- words of the commanding General -- troops poured into the state -- proceedings of the state convention -- Numberless usurpations -- emancipation ordinance passed.

If the State government is instituted with certain powers which become ‘just powers’ by the formal consent of the governed, for the purpose of enforcing security to the unalienable rights of man, it must be evident that any interference with those rights by which their enjoyment is diminished, endangered, or destroyed, is not only an obstruction to the operation of the ‘just powers’ of the state government, but is subversive of the purpose which it was instituted to effect.

In this manner the state government of Maryland was subjugated. A military force, under the authority of the government of the United States, occupied the city of Baltimore at a time when no invasion of the state was threatened, and when there had been no application of the legislature, or of the Executive, for protection against domestic

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