How Can The Union Be Preserved?

880 WordsDec 1, 20144 Pages
Calhoun bluntly states in his opening sentence he knew that if something was not done about the abolition of slavery it would end in disunion. He claims to have tried to agitate both parties toward some kind of resolve but to no avail. He then asks Congress the pressing question: “How can the Union be preserved?” In order to answer the question he remarks that it is necessary to know all that can be gathered about the issue. To this he also proposes that Congress examine what is endangering the Union. His belief on the matter rests with the South and their state of discontent. While some might believe that unhappiness of the South lies with those who stirred the public for their own personal advantage, he however sees the opposite that the politicians tried to settle the masses. Even if the politicians excited the South it would not have been enough to cause the wide spread of discontent. Calhoun believes that the true source lies with the southern states thinking they cannot remain in the Union without compromising their pride and security. The cause of this thinking, Calhoun believes, stems from the North imposing its views of slavery on the South. He also believed that the thinking of the South was due to the minority in the National government. He goes on to site the wide discrepancies between the numbers of senators and representatives who represent the North and those that represent the South. He adds that the gap will only widen in the coming year, because
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