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Nathaniel Beverly Tucker

Nathaniel Beverly Tucker, 1784-1851, Virginia, fire-eater. Taught secession theory at William and Mary College.

His father, legal scholar, St. George Tucker, 1752-1827, was against the Constitution and perferred the Articles of Confederation because he believed it guaranteed state autonomy. He also lectured and published his views on emancipation of slaves in Virginia; he made the same proposal to the general assembly later that year. Slavery, he believed, was incompatible with the revolutionary ideal that all men are created equal. His plan called for a gradual end to slavery; it allowed as long as one hundred years to implement ecmancipation fully.

The Fire-eaters by Eric H. Walther. 1960

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