John Van Buren and Slavery

August 20, 1852

In the Refuge of Oppression column, there are extracts of a speech by Van Buren, delivered at a Democratic Mass Meeting, at Newburgh, N.Y., July 26th. Here are some sentences: “The Constitution gives the slaveholder a right to come into a State and take his property; they have a right to it, and without a full and cordial recognition of every part of the Constitution, this Union cannot stand…..I don’t belong to those who believe in a law higher that the Constitution of the United States. …”