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[anti-slavery speech) Mann, Horace (1796-1859) SPEECH OF MR. HORACE MANN OF MASS. ON THE RIGHT OF CONGRESS TO LEGISLATE FOR THE TERRITORIES OF THE UNITED STATES AND ITS DUTY TO EXCLUDE SLAVERY THEREFROM, Delivered in the House of Representatives in Committee of the Whole, June 30, 1848. Washington, D.C.: J. & G. S. Gideon, 1848. First Edition


Speech concerned with the spread of slavery to the far Western territories, of which the most significant was California. Congress had adjourned in 1847 without making provisions for this new possession. The Southern states, alarmed at the rapid population growth of the Northern states (a growth which Mann refers to several times) were determined to keep a numerical balancebetween free and slave states. When California was admitted as the 16th free state in 1850, this equilibrium was gone forever. Mann, while best known as an educational reformer who transformed the public school system in Massachusetts, also served in Congress as an antislavery Whig, 1848-1853. 20 pp. Consists of 5 sheets folded and sewn. Good, but fragile condition - first sheet is detached. .

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