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In the United States Senate, Albert G. Brown of Mississippi insists on the definition of slaves as property

Albert Gallatin Brown, detail
During a vigorous debate in the U.S. Senate, Albert G. Brown of Mississippi decried the "new" Republican Party denial of slaves as property. The South owned $400,000 of this property.  If the North persisted in the idea that the Government would not recognize property in slaves, and protect it, he said, "then, standing in the high presence of and before Almighty God, the Union cannot last ninety days."   (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Orville J. Victor, The History, Civil, Political, and Military, of the Southern Rebellion ... Volume I (New York: James D. Torrey, 1861), 123.