What is the nature of the case the South Carolina delegates make here—why are they leaving the Union? What is the tone of the document? Is it passionately emotional, drily logical, or someplace in between? Why do you suppose the authors adopted that tone? What hints does the document give about its authors’ attitudes about the inevitability of the split? Do they agree with William Seward that secession was a product of the “irrepressible conflict” between free and slave interests, or do they argue that better politicians or better politics could have prevented South Carolina’s departure? The best responses will draw on language from the document to support their insights.
Use quoting a from the power point but you don’t need to site. You can instead say something like for example, “As William Seward put it in his ‘Irrepressible Conflict’ speech…”)
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