Secession Era Editorials Project
The Nebraska Bill Passed.
Connecticut, Daily Courant [Whig]
(24 May 1854)
The evil has been consummated.
The first blow has fallen on the links of the chain that binds this
The Nebraska Bill has been passed with all its present
enormities and all its future consequences.
It has been passed by the votes of the South who have been
disregardful of their former agreements, assisted by
Northern men, who have "noses of wax on dough-faces," and are ready to do
the dirty work of the South.
We cannot speak patiently and temperately on this subject.
It is the most momentous vote in its ulterior consequences ever passed by
It is the first stroke on the stability of our Union that was
In a time of quiet, when all agitation on the subject of slavery seemed to
be forever settled; during the Administration of a man who had solemnly pledged
himself not to renew this agitation, the proposition was made and has been
carried through both Houses of Congress, to repeal the
Compromise of 1820, and allow of the introduction of slavery into
territory from which it had been free by the express agreement of the Slave
It was a thunder-clap in a clear sky.
A lightning stroke from no preparatory cloud.
The bolt has fallen; we have yet to count up the ruin it has
No Compromise will ever be made again, while this Government holds
No mode of enactment can be framed that will be felt as binding.
The South wilfully and wantonly violated the Compact of
1820, will be the cry, and they cannot be trusted again.
Neither is this consequence a slight one.
Mistrust will grow up in the room of confidence.
The principles of the two sections will separate them as widely as their
The feeling of brotherhood, nursed amid the storms of the revolution and
nourished by the blood of the patriots, will wither in the hearts of the
North until it dies away even from their memories.
We threaten nothing: but the South may depend upon it that
the confidence in their honor has been woefully shaken by this repeal of a
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