South Carolina, Arkansas, and Liberia

in The Constitution in Congress

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780226129167
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226131160 | DOI:
South Carolina, Arkansas, and Liberia

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South Carolina initiated the great battle over anti-slavery petitions. It was also the incubator of a contemporaneous confrontation over the transmission of abolitionist materials by post. Arkansas was the subject of resurgent jousting over the admission of new slave states, and Liberia was the poster-child destination of controversial schemes for the transplantation of former slaves. Michigan, free from human bondage by virtue of the Northeast Ordinance, was linked with Arkansas in an effort to preserve senatorial parity among states with and without slavery. This chapter addresses the constitutional issues surrounding Michigan's admission. It also discusses a reversal policy in South Carolina with respect to the state's continuing effort to exclude free African Americans thought to pose a threat both to security of the South and to its “peculiar institution.”

Keywords: South Carolina; constitutional issues; Northeast Ordinance; Michigan; Arkansas; anti-slavery petitions

Chapter.  15922 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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