"Thus the contest was joined on the central issue which was to dominate
all American history the next dozen years, the disposition of the Territories. Two sets of extremists had arisen: Northerners who demanded no new slave territories under any circumstances, and Southerners who demanded free entry for slavery into all territories, the penalty for denial to be secession. For the time being, moderates who hoped to find a way of compromise and to repress the underlying issue of slavery itself - its toleration or non-toleration by a great free Christian state - were overwhelmingly in the majority. But history showed that in crises of this sort the two sets of extremists were almost certain to grow in power, swallowing up more and more members of the conciliatory center."
— Allan Nevins, historian, 1947
Using the excerpt, answer a, b, and c.
- Briefly describe the perspective of the historian on the Wilmot Proviso.
- Briefly explain ONE event or idea from the period 1844-1877 that could be used to support Nevins's argument.
1.Allan Nevins point of view on Wilmot Proviso is that he is against servitude and is attempting to the issue of subjection.... View the full answer