It was in vain that federalism denounced with indignation the impertinent inconsistency of slave-holding interference in behalf of liberty in the free states.
Come the doctrine from whom it might, the people felt it to be true.
State after state revolted from the ranks of federalism, and enrolled itself on the side of democracy.
The old order of things was broken up; equality before the law was established, religious tests and restrictions of the right of suffrage were abrogated.
, for example.
There the resistance to democratic principles was the most strenuous and longest continued.
Yet, at this time, there is no state in the Union
more thorough in its practical adoption of them.
No property qualifications or religious tests prevail; all distinctions of sect, birth, or color, are repudiated, and suffrage is universal.
The democracy, which in the South
has only been held in a state of gaseous abstraction, hardened into concrete reality in the cold air of the North
The ideal became practical, for it had found lodgment among men who were accustomed to act out their convictions and test all their theories by actual experience.
While thus making a practical application of the new doctrine, the people of the free states could not but perceive the incongruity of democracy and slavery.
, who narrowly escaped the honor of a Democratic martyr in Connecticut
, denounced slave-holding, in common with other forms of oppression.
, fresh from communion with Gregoire
, Brissot, and Robespierre, devoted to negro