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" It is an irrepressible conflict between opposing and enduring forces, and it means that the United States must and will, sooner or later, become either entirely a slaveholding nation, or entirely a free-labor nation. "
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The American Conflict: A History of the Great Rebellion in the ..., Volume 1

Horace Greeley - Slavery - 1864 - 696 pages
...or fanatical agitators, and therefore ephemeral, mistake the case altogether. It is an irreprestible conflict between opposing and enduring forces; and...entirely a free-labor nation. Either the cotton and rice-fields of South Carolina and the sugar plantations of Louisiana will ultimately be tilled by free...
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The Presidency of James Buchanan

Elbert B. Smith - United States - 1975 - 252 pages
...irrepressible conflict between opposing and enduring forces," and it meant that the United States must "sooner or later, become either entirely a slaveholding nation, or entirely a free-labor nation." A revolution, said Seward, had already begun: "Twenty Senators and a hundred Representatives proclaim...
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The Empire State: A History of New York

Milton Martin Klein - History - 2001 - 1102 pages
...on October 25, he characterized the conflict between North and South in the most radical terms yet: "It is an irrepressible conflict between opposing...either entirely a slave-holding nation, or entirely a free labour nation." With the national debate over slavery as backdrop, New York's parties turned their...
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The Illustrated Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

James M. McPherson - History - 2003 - 947 pages
...physical, moral and social energies of the whole State." A collision between these two systems impended, "an irrepressible conflict between opposing and enduring...and it means that the United States must and will . . . become either entirely a slave-holding nation, or entirely a free-labor nation."61 Southerners...
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Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

James M. McPherson - History - 1988 - 952 pages
...physical, moral and social energies of the whole State." A collision between these two systems impended, "an irrepressible conflict between opposing and enduring...and it means that the United States must and will . . . become either entirely a slave-holding nation, or entirely a free-labor nation."61 Southerners...
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Conflict and Compromise: The Political Economy of Slavery, Emancipation and ...

Roger L. Ransom - Business & Economics - 1989 - 340 pages
...the work of interested or fanatical agitators, and therefore ephemeral, mistake the case altogether. It is an irrepressible conflict between opposing and...United States must and will sooner or later, become entirely a slaveholding nation or entirely a free-labor nation.66 Such rhetoric did not go unanswered....
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Yankee Leviathan: The Origins of Central State Authority in America, 1859-1877

Richard Franklin Bensel - History - 1990 - 472 pages
...Press, 1971; reprint of an 1884 edition), p. 575. 5. Ibid., p. 194. Seward urged that this struggle was "an irrepressible conflict between opposing and enduring...slaveholding nation, or entirely a free-labor nation It is the failure to apprehend this great truth that induces so many unsuccessful attempts at final...
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Confederate Charleston: An Illustrated History of the City and the People ...

Robert N. Rosen - Charleston (S.C.) - 1994 - 232 pages
...work of interested or fanatical agitators, and therefore ephemeral, mistake the case altogether. lt is an irrepressible conflict between opposing and...entirely a free-labor nation. Either the cotton and rice-fields of South Carolina and the sugar plantations of Louisiana will ultimately be tilled by free...
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His Soul Goes Marching On: Responses to John Brown and the Harpers Ferry Raid

Paul Finkelman - History - 2012 - 372 pages
...in Rochester, New York, that an "irrepressible conflict between opposing and enduring forces . . . means that the United States must and will, sooner...slaveholding nation or entirely a free-labor nation." Seward had already alienated constitutional unionists in 1850, when he claimed that a "higher law than...
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Divergent Paths: How Culture and Institutions Have Shaped North American Growth

Marc Egnal - History - 1996 - 317 pages
...happiness throughout all its mountains and plains?" 31 And in a widely quoted speech, he observed: "It is an irrepressible conflict between opposing...slaveholding nation, or entirely a free-labor nation." 32 The beliefs Seward espoused must be set in a broader context. The ideology of free labor affirmed...
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