Congressional Committees

January 1,  1858

An article from the Worcester Spy calls attention to the composition of the  Senate committees.  “… the six great leading committees all have chairmen, and a majority of their members  from the slaveholding States…. The remaining committees are constituted generally with the same strong Southern aspect, one of them having every member from the slaveholding States.”   The article provides population statistics to indicate that the slave holding states profit from a large discrepancy in their favor.