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ohn C. Calhoun

John C. Calhoun was a statesman who played a part in the South sucession from the United States. He served as Vice President for John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson, served as United States Secretary of State, Secretary of War, Senator, and member of the US House of Representatives. Even though he died eleven years before the start of the Civil War, his secessionist attitude led many Southerners to believe they should sucede. Read John C. Calhoun quotes below.


The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism.
A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various and powerful interests, combined into one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in the banks.
It is harder to preserve than to obtain liberty.
The Government of the absolute majority instead of the Government of the people is but the Government of the strongest interests; and when not efficiently checked, it is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised.
The surrender of life is nothing to sinking down into acknowledgment of inferiority.
Learn from your mistakes and build on your successes.
In looking back, I see nothing to regret and little to correct.
Beware the wrath of a patient adversary.