A House Divided: Wilmot Proviso

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.

A House Divided: Wilmot Proviso

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.

TC: Richard Nixon’s Triumph Before the Fall

Lead: In January 1972, Richard Nixon was inaugurated for a second term after winning one of the greatest triumphs in U.S. presidential history. Then it all came crashing down.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Defeating an incumbent President of the United States is tough. It can be done, as Herbert Hoover, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush found to their regret, but it is no easy task. Circumstances, political and otherwise, have to work perfectly to the advantage of the challenger.