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Crittenden Compromise

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Definition: In 1860, Kentucky Senator John Crittenden submitted to Congress this proposal of six Constitutional Amendments. Proposals included denying Congress the right to abolish slavery and protecting the interstate slave trade. Largely because of Lincoln's opposition, the amendments were voted down.

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About the Civil War
Find facts, figures, maps, timelines, and much more on this important American war.

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The Crittenden Compromise
Get more on the background of this attempt at staving off the war.

Text of the Compromise
Another good primary source.

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