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Alabama's secession commissioner warns Delaware of slave insurrection under Republican rule

William Burton, detail
01/01/1861
U.S. Congressman David Clopton, one of the secession commissioners from Alabama, visited Dover to speak with Governor William Burton.  He sought Delaware's support as a fellow slave state, stating that "a hitherto contented servile population" were going to be stirred to insurrection and that the Republican Party wanted "an equality of races in our midst." Two days later the governor and the state legislature voted overwhelmingly to remain in the Union. (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Charles B. Dew, Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Cause of the Civil War (Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia, 2001), 57-58. 

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