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  •  The Crittenden Compromise (1+ / 0-)
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    The middle path between union and confederate positions (which if adopted might have delayed the war for another few years) was a third compromise between the slave and free states. The first compromise lasted about thirty years (the Missouri Compromise). The second compromise delayed things during the 1850s.

    Senator John J. Crittenden, a veteran Kentucky Whig was a pale imitation of Henry Clay, but this is Wikipedia's description of what he came up with in 1860.

    The compromise proposed six constitutional amendments and four Congressional resolutions. Crittenden introduced the package on December 18.[1] It was tabled on December 31.
    It guaranteed the permanent existence of slavery in the slave states and addressed Southern demands in regard to fugitive slaves and slavery in the District of Columbia. It proposed extending the Missouri Compromise line to the west, with: slavery prohibited north of the 36° 30′ parallel and guaranteed south of it. The compromise included a clause that it could not be repealed or amended.
    If something like this had passed it would not have solved anything. The compromise might not have held together until the end of Lincoln's first term. It would almost certainly have required the United States to adopt a completely new constitution sooner rather than later.

    Sadly, sometimes fights cannot be avoided and no viable compromise is available.

    There is no man alive who is sufficiently good to rule the life of the man next door to him. Sir Rhys Hopkin Morris, M.P.

    by Gary J on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 02:14:38 PM PDT

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