An attempt at compromise


In late 1860 Kentucky Senator John J. Crittenden proposed six constitutional amendments that he hoped would protect slave state interests, settle the slavery question, and preserve the Union. Many Americans<&ndash>including the “Citizens of Philadelphia” who wrote this petition<&ndash>saw the Crittenden Compromise as a solution to the “alarming dissensions . . . between the northern and southern states.” Although Congress passed some of Crittenden’s proposals, the states did not ratify any of them.

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