Speeches on Political Questions [1850-1868]
by George Washington Julian (9780217875806)

Speeches on Political Questions [1850-1868]
George Washington Julian
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 196
ISBN: 9780217875806
ISBN-10: 0217875807

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: THE HOMESTEAD BILL HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, JANUARY 29, 1861. The doctrines of this speech, now so generally accepted, found very little favor in Congress when it was delivered. " Abolitionism " itself was scarcely more odious, while the few men who advocated the homestead policy were branded as " agrarians," '' revolutionists," and " levelers." Only eleven years later, however, the Homestead Bill became a law, and its wisdom and beneficence have already been fully vindicated. Its single radical fault was the lack of a provision forbidding the sale of the public lands in large bodies to non-residents for speculative purposes; and for this supplemental enactment Air. Julian hasilabored zealously for years.] Mr. Speaker, ? The anxiety I feel for the success of the measure now before us, and its great importance, as I conceive, to' the whole country, have induced me to beg the indulgence of the House in a brief statement of the reasons which urge me to give it my support. I do this the more willingly, because there has been a manifest disposition here, during the whole of the session, to suppress entirely the discussion of this bill, and at the same time, by parliamentary expedients, to avoid any direct action upon it. It seems to be troublesome to gentlemen. Many who are opposed to its principles appear to be haunted by the suspicion that the people are for it, and hence they will not vote directly against it. They prefer not to face it in any way. The proceedings on yesterday prove this. The House then refused to lay the bill on the table; but immediately afterwards, its reference to the Committee of the Whole, which was substantially equivalent, was carried by a large majorit3r. There was an opportunity of evading the responsibility of a direct vote, and of accomplishin...

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