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simitar veins, and although the final result in November was victory
for Taylor, it was by no mean*indicative of southern sentiment.
With the election oat of the way, the primary interest of the
country turned hack to the slavery question and the development of
the southern movement. Robert Toombs, of Georgia, wrote to I. J.
Crittenden that the movement was:
A bold strike to disorganise the Southern Whigs and either
to destroy Genl. Taylor in advance or compel him to throw him-
self in the hands of a large section of the democracy at the South.
The Southern democracy are perfectly desperate. Their Northern
allies* .they clearly see, will unite with the Free-SoHersj
even now the peace is broken between them forever. ^
To witness the validity of Toombs' claim, it was only necessary to
view the struggle that had renewed over California and Hew Mexico.
The issues that had been laid aside for the campaign were re-
vitalised and supplemented with newer and stronger ones. The Savannah
described the South as being in a dangerous position, for:
Arrayed against her is not only the Northern Proviso
men but the unenlightened moral opinion of the world. The
South might temporarily secure peace by accepting the proviso,
without immediate injury to Georgia or the other slaveholding
states, but the difficulty of the race situation would make such
a policy suicidal. Slave numbers would increase rapidly therein
until the slave labor system would become so burdensome as
to demand emancipation. And what then? Experience proved
Ullrich B. Fhillips, editor, "Toombs, Stephens, and Cobb
Correspondence, " American Historical Association, Annual Report,
1911 (Washington, iWsj't' II, 'r139VWr'ea^ter''cited!''as T^mias Gorre*
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Chappell, Ben A. The Southern Unity Movement, thesis, 1956; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc107898/m1/20/: accessed September 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .