The Webster-Hayne Debate on the Nature of the Union: Selected Documents

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The debates between Daniel Webster of Massachusetts and Robert Hayne of South Carolina gave fateful utterance to the differing understandings of the nature of the American Union that had come to predominate in the North and the South, respectively, by 1830. To Webster the Union was the indivisible expression of one nation of people. To Hayne the Union was the voluntary compact among sovereign states. This volume consists of speeches delivered in the United States Senate in January 1830. By no means were Webster and Hayne ...

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