John C. Calhoun –Part II

Lead: In 1832 as a part of a rising and bitter dispute with Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun became the first vice president to resign from office.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: In 1828 South Carolinian and career politician John C. Calhoun was elected Vice President. He had also served as vice president in the previous administration of John Quincy Adams. It was no secret that Calhoun nursed Presidential ambitions.

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John Calhoun- Part I

Lead: In 1811 John C. Calhoun an ardent nationalist entered the U.S Congress. Later in his career his views would change. He became the leading champion of states’ rights.

                 Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                 Content: In the decades preceding the Civil War, few Americans exerted more political influence than South Carolinian John C. Calhoun. In his long years of service he served in both houses of the U.S. Congress, as Secretary of War, Secretary of State, and Vice President under two administrations.

 

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A House Divided: Kansas’ Competing Constitutions III

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: When a territory wishes to become a state, it must among other things submit the results of a referendum requesting statehood and a constitution demonstrating that the state’s laws will be follow the United States constitution and legal system.

A House Divided: Kansas’ Competing Constitutions II

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: With a pro-slavery legislature in Lecompton representing a decided minority and a large anti-slavery population demanding a free and clear referendum on statehood, Kansas in 1857 was in deep trouble.

A House Divided: Kansas’ Competing Constitutions I

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: In 1854 Congress passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act. It established the principle of majority determination.  Whoever got there first with the most in population could go a long way in determining whether a territory would enter the Union free or slave. In 1855 pro-slave partisans jumped across the Missouri border and quickly elected a pro-slavery legislature and passed a draconian slave code which proscribed the death penalty for certain types of anti-slavery activity.