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Daniel Webster, Second Reply to Hayne, United States Senate, January 26, 1830

Daniel Webster, photograph, detail
During a debate in the United States Senate on public lands, Robert Young Hayne of South Carolina had raised the idea of a state nullifying federal laws harmful to that state. In the exchange that followed, Daniel Webster of Massachusetts produced his "second reply to Hayne" which he concluded with the famous words "Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable!" The full speech contains a masterful argument for the power of the Constitution and for provided the standard defense of the Union, used at length to justify the war against southern sucession after 1861. (By John Osborne)

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