Lead:  One hundred and fifty years ago the Republic was facing its greatest crisis. This continuing series examines the American Civil War. It is A House Divided.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: David Wilmot was a freshman congressman from Pennsylvania. In early August 1846 as the U.S. Congress approached its summer recess, Wilmot proposed that slavery be banned from any territory acquired by conquest or purchase from Mexico.