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Jefferson Davis, senator from Mississippi* defended Ms fettowr
southerners in renerks m. the Vermont Resolat^as: . ,
They make a© threats against any one, and least of all
against «*# !Fsl«n* §a* which they have made such l«t*y and con-
tinned sacrifice®. ■ They teow their rights, wWle they reseat
their wrong*; mA they wlU maintain the one, resent Ami other, it
it o f be, will preserve our constttatkmal Union; tot the Union
without the Constitution they hold to to * curse.3*
Later in tike same session to pointed out that the people ol the South
would meet, not only la defense of their individual rights, tot in de-
fense of the Union. "fa Oils unfortunate controversy, there are tot
tiro choices, —one is submission, the other resistance. To the one
we cannot, we will not consent; the other we are reluctant to adopt,"
. He continued his defense of the South by giving voice to the main
arguments of the times, that Congress had no power over eonstitu*
tiomally-reeogatsed slaves, «iat eongressieaal power to legislate $mt
the territories was not a power to declare what was, or was not,
property. Davis pointed oat that Congress tod toen assailed by every
Itnown mode, even state conventions, bat that emotion had twisted this
particular issue oat of its proper perspective, lis cited the meeting
of the Ehode Island convention, March if, IS50, as an illustration. .
The resolutions adopted by that meeting announced that the state
^ Dunbar Rowland, editor* Jefferson P^vi# Constitutionalist, His
Letters, Papers, and, Speeches Jackson, TfHf, 252-253.
Mlbid.,, pp. JH4J7,
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Chappell, Ben A. The Southern Unity Movement, thesis, 1956; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc107898/m1/68/: accessed January 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .