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  • In what historical context did the Republican Party emerge?
  • Why do you think southern Democrats were threatened by the Republican platform proposing the containment of slavery within existing slave states?
  • What did Benjamin Hedrick argue about slavery in the United States? What other opinions existed in the 1850s?
  • Why did Hedrick invoke the words of the Founding Fathers to support his position?
  • How did North Carolina Democrats silence Hedrick? What message might this have sent to other North Carolinians?