Secession Era Editorials Project
Amendments to the Nebraska Bill.
Connecticut, Daily Courant [Whig]
(23 May 1854)
Several important amendments were offered in the House, on
Saturday, to the Nebraska Bill, but they were all rejected; one
was to allow slavery to be permitted or excluded according as the Territorial
Legislature should decide.
By the negative vote on this amendment it will be perceived that our
Democratic masters are determined to
admit slavery, but not to leave its rejection possible.
-- This is the so much cried up doctrine of "Non-Intervention"!
Will not the
New Haven Register now cry out "Let the People
Another was to postpone the date of the bill's going into effect until
after the Indian title was extinguished.
This was rejected.
Another was to postpone the organization to the close of the present
The whole object of the bill is to allow slaveholders to go into the
territory now with their people, and then to declare that
Congress has so legalized the existence of slavery in the
Territory, that it cannot be shaken by any subsequent vote either of
Congress or the Legislature.
The Locofoco papers of this State that advocate
this enormity will perceive how they have attempted to deceive the people of
Connecticut on this subject.
We advise some of our New Haven brethren who may
have preserved files of the
Register, to arrange these rejected amendments in one column,
with all the assertions which that paper has made upon the subject in another,
and let the public see where the truth is.
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