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The Northern stake in Kansas

Cotton Whigs in Kansas, Thomas H. O'Connor
The Kansas Historical Quarterly, Spring, 1860 (p. 45)


As "Cotton Whigs" they had repeatedly pledged their word that they never interfere with the South or with any of her institutions where the constitution provided sanctions; but they had also gone on record as opposing the extension of that "peculiar institution" beyond those prescribed constitutional limits. So by God, Douglas or no Douglas, bill or no bill, if population was the determining factor in deciding the fate of Kansas, these Yankees would see to it that there would be a flood of "free citizens" to Kansas, the like of which had not been seen since the waters o the flood overflowed the earth. "The North was on fire," exclaimed Edward Everett Hale, and prophesied that a gigantic wave of emigration like nothing since the days of Moses would soon be passing into the valleys of the Nebraska and the Kansas like crusaders of the old under Peter the Hermit. This was no old "antislavery warhorse plan," maintained Hale. This was a plan to "meet the South on its own terms" by sending emigrants to Kansas in accordance with a plan which "the whole providence of God demands, and which is made easy by the wonderful arrangement of His wisdom."

Excerpt courtesy Kevin Dier-Zimmel.