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John Calhoun's speech, March 4, 1850.
A fighting 42 pages, Calhoun's speech from 1850

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John C. Calhoun Was Born
March 18, 1782

Calhoun believed in the South's right to continue slavery. He fought to preserve slavery all his life, even as an old man at the very end of his career as a senator from South Carolina. He opposed the Compromise of 1850 because it limited slavery as the country expanded westward. For a gathering of Congress, Calhoun wrote a 42-page speech against the Compromise. At 68 years old, a dying man, ghost-like and bony, he walked into the meeting still prepared to fight.
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