David Rice Atchison of Missouri, border politician
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It is the purpose of this study to trace the public career of David Rice Atchison from his early cases in a frontier courtroom to his last defense of Southern rights in Kansas which ended in ultimate defeat and undeserved condemnation both for himself and for the South which he served so devotedly.
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Frontier lawyer -- The Mormon War -- Circuit judge -- Western senator -- The Oregon settlement -- A government for Oregon -- The Southern Address -- Benton's Appeal -- The Compromise of 1850 -- The defeat of Benton -- The "mess" -- The Nebraska question -- The patronage struggle -- The Kansas-Nebraska Act -- Election stalemate -- The Kansas crusade -- The Free State Movement -- The southern emigration to Kansas -- The Lawrence raid -- The lost cause -- Civil War years