James Jackson's Arguments Against The Quakers

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In 1790, the historical question brought in the House of Representatives was the situation with the slave trade. Two Quaker delegates presented petitions that stirred up debate on controversy on February 11, 1790, that called for the federal government to place an immediate ban on the slave trade. However, with the Constitution specifically forbidding the abolition of restriction of the slave trade before 1808, these petitions were hard pressed to amount to anything. Many Southern states had demanded that clause to be included, and were not going to have it be overridden. Representative James Jackson was positive that the petitions had no chance of being considered and attacked the Quakers. He argued that the Quakers held too high a sense …show more content…
Threats of sedition and civil war were even thrown around. Southern representatives also used the Bible to defend slavery, declaring that it was the absolutely necessary for the people and ought to be maintained. On March 16, James Jackson took the floor and spurned the debate on with his response to the petition. He criticized the Quakers for trying to get Congress to break the Sectional Compromise made at the Constitutional Convention, which was the reason why the states of the Deep South even entered the union. Jackson also talked about how slavery had been present since British rule and had become a permanent part of society down south. He acknowledged that the real world was not perfect and that slavery was a “necessary evil”. Lastly, Jackson brought up the logistics of abolishing slavery and how blacks would have to be relocated, along with how racism would make integration of hundreds of thousands of slaves would be near impossible, especially in the South. Nobody spoke up to refute Jackson’s arguments so the debate mainly fizzled