Politics and Government

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Anonymous
1856

An anonymous Philadelphia Whig argues that Buchanan is a superior canidate in the 1856 elections because he will preserve the Union in the face of the issue of slavery.

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Benjamin, Judah Philip
1858

Judah Benjamin argues in the U.S. Senate that slavery is protected by the Constitution of the United States.

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Benjamin, Judah Philip
1860

In a speech delivered before the U.S. Senate in May 1860, Judah P. Benjamin argues against legislation that would limit slavery in new states and territories.

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Bingham, William
1784

William Bingham, one of the wealthiest men in the newly independent America, pleads for the mutual benefit of the full freedom of trade between the United States and Great Britain.

Letter, June 1853
Bomberger, Jacob Cauffman
Unpublished, 1853-1863

A collections of letters from Jacob C. Bomberger to Eli Slifer regarding banking information, appointments, and personal news.

Letter, August 1827
Buchanan, James
Unpublished, 1819-1866

In these nearly 200 letters of James Buchanan, written between 1827 and 1860, the life-long public servant and 15th President of the United States discusses with friends and colleagues important political, social, and economic issues of the day...

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Buchanan, James
1866

James Buchanan outlines the development of the great crisis that culminated in the outbreak of the Civil War at the end of his presidency. He places the polarizing issue of slavery at the center of turmoil, commenting on decades of hardening...

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Buchanan, James; John Bassett Moore (editor)
1908-1911

Compiled and edited by John Bassett Moore, this twelve-volume set of the collected letters and speeches of James Buchanan, spanning his entire political career, includes both personal and professional documents.

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Citizens’ Union of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
1849

This pamphlet provides a detailed account of the convention and includes arguments for African American enfranchisement in Pennsylvania.

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Conway, Moncure Daniel
1872

Using examples from the current Grant Administration, Moncure Conway outlines what he sees as structural weaknesses in the American political system.

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Cooper, Thomas
1792

In April 1792 in the House of Commons, critic of the French Revolution Edmund Burke denounces the visit to Paris of Thomas Cooper and James Watt. Cooper replies immediately with a republican critique of the British political system.

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Cooper, Thomas
1800

In April 1800, Thomas Cooper is tried in federal court in Philadelphia for libel against the President of the United States under the new Sedition Act of 1798. Cooper proceeds to publish all documents and transcripts, along with commentary, as...

Cooper, Thomas
1824

To weaken the presidential prospects of William H. Crawford in 1824, Cooper republishes his earlier letters in answer to Crawford's 1816 Indian Report that suggested possible Native American assimilation and inter-marriage with whites.

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Cooper, Thomas
1826

A champion of the new "Classical" economics, Thomas Cooper publishes his University of South Carolina lectures from one of the first full courses in Political Economy taught in America.

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Cooper, Thomas
1830

Thomas Cooper, a veteran of lengthy personal struggles to preserve freedom of speech and the press, presents his views.

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Cooper, Thomas
1834

Cooper had been teaching political economy since 1825 at the University of South Carolina, and this small manual mirrored and abridged many of the concepts he had developed in his comprehensive 1826 Lectures on the Elements of Political Economy...

Letter, March 1857
Curtin, Andrew Gregg
Unpublished, 1852-1866

A collection of letters from Governor Andrew G. Curtin to Eli Slifer touching upon political matters, personal matters, nominations, recommendations and invitations. The collection also includes Curtin’s invitation to Slifer to take the position...

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Curtis, George Ticknor
1883

The executor of the estate of James Buchanan selected George T. Curtis to write this two-volume biography of the fifteenth president.

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Davidson, Robert
1794

Robert Davidson delivers this sermon on October 5, 1794, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, before prestigious visitors - the sitting President and the Secretaries of the Treasury and of War - as the federal militias gather in the town to march westward...

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Dickinson, John
1764

John Dickinson's speech in the colonial assembly opposes Benjamin Franklin's faction seeking, in 1764, to end Pennsylvania's proprietary status in favor of that of a royal colony.

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Dickinson, John
1774

In a series of fourteen letters widely published in late 1767 and early 1768, John Dickinson counsels leaders on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean on the economic folly and unconstitutionality of new British revenue laws that ignore the rights of...

Letter, August 1790
Dickinson, John
Unpublished, 1776-1807

These letters of John Dickinson, the "Penman of the Revolution," were written between 1776 and 1807 to prominent individuals in the Continental Army and in Delaware and Pennsylvania politics. Topics range from military and political matters to...

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Dickinson, John
1797

John Dickinson pens two series of letters under the pseudonym "Fabius." The first series appears in 1788, to rally support for the ratification of the new United States Constitution. In the second series, written in 1797, Dickinson comments with...

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Dickinson, John
1801

Presented here are many of the writings of the famous "Penman of the Revolution," gathered and edited by unknown friends, to trace specifically the role of John Dickinson's ideas and words in the struggle for American independence.

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Dickinson, John
1803

John Dickinson argues, in 1803, that France is becoming a danger to the United States under the leadership of Napoleon. To counter this danger, alliance with Britain may be necessary, and even beneficial to the U.S., in the long run.

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