they enacted those measures that became known as the compromises of 1850, the principal ones being the Fugitive Slave Law
and the act repealing the Missouri Compromise
Both of them pronounced these acts to be “a finality,” and both of them in national convention declared there should be no further agitation of the subject.
They set out to muzzle all the Anti-Slavery voices of the country.
By this time it was perfectly manifest that there was not only nothing the slaveholders might demand which the old parties would not concede, but that there was, so far as the slavery issue was involved, absolutely no difference between them.
It is a notable fact that in the eight years following 1840, of the four presidential candidates put in nomination by the two parties, three were slaveholders, the fourth being a Northern “doughface,” and both of the two who were elected held slaves.
For the nomination and election of one of these men, whom he describes as “a slaveholder from Louisiana
” (General Taylor
), Mr. Roosevelt
is disposed to hold the Abolitionists accountable.
They forced the poor Whigs into those proceedings, he intimates, probably by telling them they ought to do nothing of the kind, that being what they actually did tell them.
But as the Abolitionists, four years earlier, in the same way defeated the Whigs
when they were supporting a slaveholder from Kentucky
), and a man who, in his time, did more for the upbuilding of slavery than any other person in America
, it would appear that the score of responsibility on their part was fairly evened up.
In citing the action of Joshua R. Giddings