You are here
Maizlish, Stephen E.
A Strife of Tongues
The Compromise of 1850 and the Ideological Foundations of the American Civil War
Near the end of a nine-month confrontation preceding the Compromise of 1850, Abraham Venable warned his fellow congressmen that "words become things." Indeed, in politics—then, as now—rhetoric makes reality. But while the legislative maneuvering, factional alignments, and specific measures of the... More