Subject: Territorial Abolition
From: Christopher W. Thomas (poetlaureate@poetic.com)
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Date: Sat June 19, 1999 at 4:00PM

Territorial Abolition


On this day in eighteen hundred and sixty-two
Abraham Lincoln signed a law making true ...
Abolition throughout the states and territories
Ending slavery once and for all ... it would be

But it would take three more years to end the strife
Before the war's end, with so very much loss of life
And then a few more years afterwards to establish
The remaining states and the creation of that practice

Ending popular sovereignty, which'd been in vogue
Before the secession created quite another road ...
For "free states" were no longer an option at the end
As all of them would be free, as a torn country ...
went on the mend

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
2:50pm Sat. June 19th, 1999

NB
Popular Sovereignty was the right given some states
incorporated prior to the secession, to choose to be
- free states - meaning, they could prohibit slavery,
or allow it, at their option. Needless to say, this policy
created much dissension, culminating in Civil War.

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