Monday, February 02, 2009

The Barnburners and the Proviso

The preponderance of New York Barnburners present at the [Wilmot] proviso's creation . . . is worth noting here. Six of the eleven instigators of the proviso . . . were either New Yorkers or members of Barnburner leader Preston King's mess in Washington. Each was a Van Buren Democrat.

Jonathan H. Earle, Jacksonian Democracy & the Politics of Free Soil, 1824-1854.

Next, we'll take a closer look at Mr. King.

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