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“The constitutional modes of obtaining relief are those which I see to pursued on the present occasion…we have an excellent prince, in whose good disposition we may confide…let us behave like dutiful children who have received unmerited blows from a beloved parent. Let us complain to our parent; but let our complaint speak at the same time the language of affliction and veneration.”
– John Dickinson
The “good” kid; saying it’s our job to explain our situation to the king; don’t rebel
“What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”
– Thomas Jefferson
Downplays Shay’s Rebellion – saying rebellion is unavoidable; created a rift in his relationship with himself and John Adams
“Tis really astonishing that the same people, who have just emerged from a long and cruel war in defense of liberty, should now agree to fix an elective despotism upon themselves and their posterity.”
– Richard Henry Lee
Anti-federalist, putting down the Constitution
“The constitutional modes of obtaining relief are those which I see to pursued on the present occasion…we have an excellent prince, in whose good disposition we may confide…let us behave like dutiful children who have received unmerited blows from a beloved parent. Let us complain to our parent; but let our complaint speak at the same time the language of affliction and veneration.”
– John Dickinson -The “good” kid; saying it’s our job to explain our situation to the king; don’t rebel
“What country before ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”
– Thomas Jefferson - Downplays Shay’s Rebellion – saying rebellion is unavoidable; created a rift in his relationship with himself and John Adams
“Tis really astonishing that the same people, who have just emerged from a long and cruel war in defense of liberty, should now agree to fix an elective despotism upon themselves and their posterity.” Lee
– Richard Henry - Anti-federalist, putting down the Constitution
“This constitution is said to have beautiful features; but when I come to ezamine these features, Sir, they appear to me horridly frightful: among other deformities, it has an awful squinting; it squints towards monarchy: and does not this raise indignation in the breast of every American? Your President may easily become King: Your Senate is so imperfectly constructed that your dearest rights may be sacrificed by what may be a small minority; Where are your checks in this Government?”
– Patrick Henry    - Patriot, saying the government is ruling just like Britain
“The American continents…are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European Powers”
– James Monroe   - Europe can no longer try to settle in the land that is now America
“indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever; that…the Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in such a contest.”
–Thomas Jefferson -    written of slavery in America
“I considered it at once, as the knewll of the union.”
– Jefferson    - talking about the Missouri compromise
“The Missouri question...is the most portentous one which ever yet threatened our Union. In the gloomiest moment of the revolutionary war I never had any apprehensions equal to what I feel from this source…[the] question, like a firebell in the night, awakened and filled me with terror…[with slavery] we have a wolf by the ears, and we can neither hold him nor safely let him go.”
– Thomas Jefferson - Talking about the Missouri Compromise; he was predicting the Civil War
“I never use the word ‘nation’ in speaking of the United States. I always use the word ‘union’ or ‘confederacy.’ We are not a nation, but a union, a confederacy of equal and sovereign states.”
 – John C. Calhoun
“Our conduct toward these people is deeply interesting to our national character…our ancestors found them the uncontrolled possessors of these cast regions. By persuasion and force they have been made to retire from river to river and from mountain to mountain, until some of the tribes have become extinct and others have left but remnants to preserve for awhile their once terrible names. Surrounded by the whites with their arts of civilization, which by destroying the resources of the savage doom him to weakness and decay, the fate of the Mohegan, the Narragansett, and the Delaware is fast overtaking the Choctaw, the Cherokee, and the Creek. That this fate surely awaits them if they remain within the limits of the Staes does not admit of a doubt. Humanity and national honor demand that every effort should be made to avert such a calamity.”
– Andrew Jackson - Talking about Indians – plans to send them on the Trial of Tears to Oklahoma
“Our manifest destiny [is] to overspread the continent allotted by providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions”
 – John L. O’Sullivan
“Brooks and his Southern allies have deliberately adopted the monstrous creed that any man who dares to utter sentiments which they deem wrong or unjust, shall be brutally assailed.”
– Northern Newspaper  - “bleeding Kansas” – Books beating up Sumner with his cane
“Although Mr. Brooks ought to have selected some other spot for the altercation than the Senate chamber, if he had broken every bone in Sumner’s carcass it would have been a just retribution upon this slanderer of the South and her individual citizens”
 – South Newspaper
“I am quite cheerful in view of my approaching end, being fully persuaded that I am with inconceivably more to hang than for any other purpose…I count it all joy. ‘I have fought the good fight,’ and have, as I trust, ‘finished my course.’”
– John Brown - Writing to his brother before his death penalty
“I think to lose Kentucky is nearly the same as to lose the whole game. Kentucky gone, we cannot hold Missouri, nor, I think, Maryland. These all against us, and the job on our hands is too large for us. We would as well consent to separation at once, including the surrender of this capital [Washington].”
– Abraham Lincoln - Talking about Kentucky seceding
“If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it b freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could do it b freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that.”
– Abraham Lincoln - Before he announced the Emancipation Proclamation – he will try and free slaves in the South
“The most frightened man on that gloomy day…was the Secretary of War [Stanton]. He was at times almost frantic…The Merrimack, he said, would destroy every vessel in the service, could lay every city n the coast under contribution, could take Fortress Monroe…likely the first movement of the Merrimack would be to come up the Potomac and disperse Congress, destroy the Capitol and public buildings.”
– Abraham Lincoln - Merrimack – is a massive wooden ship the Confederates plated it with old iron railroad rails