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Rebellion Record: Introduction., Volume 1. (ed. Frank Moore) 2 0 Browse Search
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Rebellion Record: Introduction., Volume 1. (ed. Frank Moore), Introduction. (search)
Napoleon burst upon the world. In the vast recesses of his Titanic ambition, he cherished as a leading object of his policy, to acquire for France a colonial empire which should balance that of England. In pursuit of this policy, he fixed his eye on the ancient regal colony which Louis XIV. had founded in the heart of North America, and he tempted Spain by the paltry bribe of creating a kingdom of Etruria for a Bourbon prince, to give back to France the then boundless waste of the territory of Louisiana. The cession was made by the secret treaty of San Ildefonso of the 1st of October, 1800, (of which one sentence only has ever been published, but that sentence gave away half a continent,) and the youthful conqueror concentrated all the resources of his mighty genius on the accomplishment of the vast project. If successful, it would have established the French power on the mouth and on the right bank of the Mississippi, and would have opposed the most formidable barrier to the expa
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 2: the Background (search)
Chapter 2: the Background Let us consider the first fifty years of our national history. There was never a moment during this time when the slavery issue was not a sleeping serpent. That issue lay coiled up under the table during the deliberations of the Constitutional Convention in 1787. It was, owing to the invention of the cotton gin, more than half awake at the time of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803; and slavery was continued in the Louisiana Territory by the terms of the treaty. Thereafter slavery was always in everyone's mind, though not always on his tongue. A slave state and a free state were, as a matter of practice, always admitted in pairs. Thus, Vermont and Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio, Louisiana and Indiana, Mississippi and Illinois, had each been offset against the other. This was to preserve the balance of power. The whole country, however, was in a state of unstable equilibrium and the era of good feeling oscillated upon the top of a craggy peak. At l
to have been Little Rock. Later from New Orleans — Sweeping orders from Gen. Butler--a portion of Louisiana Confiscated. The latest news received at New York from New Orleans brings another batch of orders from Beast Butler. The Times says: The property within the District recently possessed by our forces under Gen. Weitzel, to be known as the Latouche District, is declared sequestered, and all sales or transfers of it are forbidden. This District comprises all the territory of Louisiana lying west of the Mississippi, excepting the parishes of Praemunire and Jefferson. A Commission is appointed to take possession of the District, and the sugar plantations are to be worked by them where they are not worked by their owners, and negroes or white laborers may be employed at discretion. All property belonging to disloyal persons is to be inventoried and sold for the benefit of the Government, under the provisions of the Confiscation act. Another order suppresses distill