Sunday, December 4, 2011

Jackson / Lincoln - remarkable how history works out.

At the close of the great nullifier's debate where the south sought the right, led by South Carolina and then Vice President Calhoun, who later became Senator of South Carolina, to nullify a federal law if they did not like it. And after the 'great compromise' put together by Senator Clay: President Jackson wrote "Keep me constantly advised of matters relating to the conduct or movements of the nullifier's" he wrote on March 6th 1833, "and all will be well, and the federal union preserved." Two months later Jackson wrote "the tariff was only a pretext, and disunion and southern confederacy the real object. The next pretext will be the Negro, or the slavery question." Six days later President Jackson appointed the new postmaster for New Salem, Illinois a 24 year old lawyer who had just lost a race for state legislature. The post was hardly major but that young lawyer Abraham Lincoln was happy to accept it.

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