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The Wilmot Proviso was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on August 8, 1846 by Congressman David Wilmot as a provision of an appropriations bill. The proviso sought to ban slavery in any territory acquired from Mexico as a result of the Mexican-American War. The bill passed in the House but failed in the Senate. Although it did not pass into law, the Wilmot Proviso is credited with intensifying the slavery debate in the years leading up to the Civil War. This collection is made up of circulars, pamphlets, speeches, and other ephemera related to the Wilmot Proviso.
The Legion of Liberty: and Force of Truth, Containing the Thoughts, Words, and Deeds of Some Prominent Apostles, Champions and Martyrs. New York: American Anti-Slavery Society, 1857. [via Google Books]
Walker, Robert. Letter of Mr. Walker, of Mississippi, Relative to the Annexation of Texas: in Reply to the Call of the People of Carroll County, Kentucky, to Communicate his View on that Subject. Washington: Congressional Globe, 1844. [via Internet Archive]
Lundy, Benjamin. The Life, Travels and Opinions of Benjamin Lundy, including his Journeys to Texas and Mexico; with a Sketch of Contemporary Events, and a Notice of the Revolution in Hayti. Philadelphia: William D. Parrish, 1847. [via Google Books]