The Speakership Fight in 1860

Jonathan Earle talked about the contest for the position of speaker of the House in 1860. While Congress was grappling with the issues of… read more

Jonathan Earle talked about the contest for the position of speaker of the House in 1860. While Congress was grappling with the issues of secession and slavery, the House of Representatives debated for two months over who should be the speaker of the House. He showed slides during his presentation, after which he responded to questions from members of the audience.

“A Martyr, A Speaker, and Impending Crisis: The Fight over the Speakership in 1860” was the first session of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society (USCHS) Spring Symposium, “Secession and War Come to Washington,” which was part of the series “The National Capital in a Nation Divided: Congress and the District of Columbia Confront Sectionalism and Slavery.” It was held on Friday, May 7, 2010, in the Capitol Visitors Center.**

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The Speakership Fight in 1860

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Public Affairs Event
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Speech
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jul 10, 2010
Last Aired:
Jul 11, 2010

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  • Jul 10, 2010 | 12:49pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jul 10, 2010 | 6:47pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jul 11, 2010 | 12:47am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jul 11, 2010 | 6:47am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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