Article Title

Mr. Giddings' Letter to Mr. Benton.

Authors

Newspaper Title

Ohio State Journal

Publication Date

3-25-1857

Publication Place

Columbus,Ohio

Event Topic

Dred Scott

Political Party

Republican

Region

free state

Quote

Thom H. Benton, in his copy-righted, Union-saving lecture, states "that the Constitution of the United States sets out with the declaration that 'slaves are property,'" to which Mr. Giddings replies in a long letter.

Document Type

Article (Journal or Newsletter)

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ThomH. Benton, in his copy-righted, Union-saving lecture, states "that the Constitution of the United States sets out with the declaration that 'slaves are property,'" to which Mr. Giddings replies in a long letter. The following are the points which he argues:

That the declaration is repugnant to the judgment of mankind; that it is opposed to the teachings of nature and revelation; that it is in direct contradiction to the understanding and purposes of those who achieved our National Independence; that it is opposed to the expressed intentions of those who formed our Constitution; that it is contradicted by the spirit and letter of that instrument; that the Federal Constitution (according to the decision of Judge McLean) does not regard slaves as property. Mr. Giddings argues these points with great ability and and heat.

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Mr. Giddings' Letter to Mr. Benton.

Thom H. Benton, in his copy-righted, Union-saving lecture, states "that the Constitution of the United States sets out with the declaration that 'slaves are property,'" to which Mr. Giddings replies in a long letter.