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Were there plans to admit the Territory of New Mexico as a slave state?

In December 1860, a House committee proposed immediately admitting New Mexico as a slave state. From The Impending Crisis, by David Potter & Don Fehrenbacher (1976): [The Committee of Thirty-...
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Was ex-slave Frederick Douglass right that in his day 'religious slaveholders are the worst'? If so why would this be?

It is unlikely that he was right, and it is unlikely that there is any evidence either way, but it is natural that he said that. People see patterns everywhere, regardless of whether they exist in ...
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