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The call for united action from was merely the
culmination of a lengthy campaign for concerted action. There had
been oSwr effort* oa a MtUr scat* at varions periods throughout
th« preceding fifteen years but the tin*© had not been right for any
wide spread adherence, la fact, earlier in the year* a southern
caucus was held in Washington, comprised of the congressional
representntives from the slave-holding states. That group of men*
led by the venerable southern statesman, John C. Calhoun, had
gathered to see what cwti be done to onify the South against abase#
suffered at the hands of Hm northern abolitionists.
The impetus for the meeting was a resolution, proposed
December 21, 1848, by a Whig representative front Mew York,
David Gott, vUcli vmM prohibit slave trade in the District of
Colombia. The southern congressmen met the next day, and after
several methods of retaliation were considered they decided to appoint
a committee to draw ap an address protesting the motion. Calhoun
represented Sooth Carolina and was subsequently placed on the sob*
committee to draft the address, In fact, due to his line of thinking,
which was between the £lre*eater* who wanted immediate action and
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Chappell, Ben A. The Southern Unity Movement, thesis, 1956; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc107898/m1/29/: accessed November 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .