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NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC (BRECKINRIDGE) PLATFORM,

ADOPTED AT CHARLESTON AND BALTIMORE, 1860.

Resolved, That the Platform adopted by the Democratic party at Cincinnati be affirmed, with the following explanatory Resolutions:

1. That the Government of a Territory organized by an act of Congress, is provisional and temporary; and during its existence, all citizens of the United States have an equal right to settle with their property in the Territory, without their rights, either of person or property, being destroyed or impaired by Congressional or Territorial legislation.

2. That it is the duty of the Federal Government, in all its departments, to protect, when necessary, the rights of persons and property in the Territories, and wherever else its Constitutional authority extends.

3. That when the settlers in a Territory having an adequate population, form a State Constitution, in pursuance of law, the right of sovereignty commences, and, being consummated by admission into the Union, they stand on an equal footing with the people of other States; and the State thus organized ought to be admitted into the Federal Union, whether its Constitution prohibits or recognizes the institution of Slavery.

4. That the Democraty party are in favor of the acquisition of the island of Cuba, on such terms as shall be honorable to ourselves and just to Spain, at the earliest practicable moment.

5. That the enactments of State Legislatures to defeat the faithful execution of the Fugitive Slave Law are hostile in character, subversive of the Constitution, and revolutionary in their effect.

6. That the democracy of the United States recognize it as the imperative duty of this Government to protect the naturalized citizen in all his rights, whether at home or in foreign lands, to the sameexentas its native-born citizens.

Whereas, one of the greatest necessities of the age in a Political, Commercial, Postal, and Military point of view, is a speedy communication between the Pacific and Atlantic coasts; therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Democratic party do hereby pledge themselves to use every means in their power to secure the passage of some bill to the extent of the Constitutional authority of Congress for the Construction of a Pacific Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, at the earliest practicable moment.


Transcribed and reverse-order proofread by T. Lloyd Benson from the Tribune Almanac, 1861, pp. 31-32; (facsimile edition: The Tribune Almanac for the Years 1838 to 1868, inclusive, comprehending the Politician's Register and the Whig Almanac, (New York: Published by the New York Tribune, 1868).)
 

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ANy doubts concerning which side Breckenridge, would join in case of Civil War, even at the time?
OpnCoronet, your reply is the reason I posted this piece. It goes to show that the die was cast leading up to the war. It seems Breckenridge,the 14th vice president, not to mention the youngest, served 1857-1861 was in a postion of influence, but like many other polititions of the time moved the country toward the war , and not away from it. Under Buchanan he was right out front in promoting his agenda. Buchanan just wanted out before the whole outhouse burst into flames.
 
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And whether he was aware of it, or not(I think he was) his candidacy helped further splinter the Democrat votes, furthering the election chances of the Republicans.
 

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I did not know about the point supporting acquisition of Cuba. That is either the influence of the Southern Nationalists in the convention or a bone thrown their way.

Also of interest is the language about Congressional and Territorial legislation not being able to interfere with property rights. That leaves open the rights of states to do so. Or not.
 
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