James Buchanan: Remarks to Congress on Slavery


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In his Remarks to Congress on Slavery of 1836, James Buchanan, the senator who would become the fifteenth U.S. president, spoke for the second time in only a few weeks on the topic of the abolition of slavery. His remarks came in response to a petition presented by Pennsylvania Quakers, calling for an end to slavery and the slave trade in the District of Columbia. While Buchanan did not cast Quakers in the same light as abolitionists (whom he saw as directly inciting insurrection and stirring...