"Robert J. Walker" may not ring a bell for most Americans today, but a highly undemocratic "constitution" for the Kansas Territory struck a chord with a once-promising politician in the Democratic Party. Although a pro-slavery advocate, Walker was arguably a precursor to the Democratic party's Civil War schisms and an early supporter of the Union before Lincoln was even elected. Learn why this prominent Democrat wrote a defiant resignation letter to then-Secretary of State Lewis Cass and thoroughly explained his reasons for siding with the will of the people of Kansas and the national interest.
Fun fact: he helped establish what eventually became the Department of the Interior!
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