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DEFINING THE SOUtBXEUf POSITION
A# the remaining days of Decernber ran out, th® new year of
if 1ft was nattered la with overtones mi cauti<m anticipation* aad ®k
peetaney. The Mr around Washington wai charged «ti apprehension
from hoth the Norft and Ike South as to what Congress planned to do
concerning the issues at hand. Nor the rn abolitionists and southern
state-right* extremists were both calling for final action or dissoiu-
tt Conservatives ©f M sections were also aiming for a common
goal, Mm* means of adjustment or compromise to ease their way
out of & dangerous situation. Ttte southern element &£ Hmm moderates
placed their k<fet ©a the forflweowlag Nashville Convention to toe held
bttUBf southern opinion, as expressed in date newspapers, public
meetings* and private correspondence* wag decidedly aggressive la
favor of Ami convention. Perhaps the show of unity wmid prodtace the
only real ©are for the Soath*s ills* a cessation of northern ahasas and
encroachments oa southern "rights. " A Whig paper la conservative
Morth Carolina warmed the t$©rth that Hthe eaatimeat at the South is
assuming a sterner character than heretofore, that taxless there is
a reform there will he found aa Uhmsm majority ia all the Soatliera
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Chappell, Ben A. The Southern Unity Movement, thesis, 1956; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc107898/m1/50/: accessed September 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .