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This book by Jason Phillips might answer some of your questions,,,there is a preview of the book on googlebooks.com https://www.google.com/books/edition/Looming_Civil_War/A1VuDwAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=Looming+Civil+War&printsec=frontcove…
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 4 series in the Records of the U.S. Senate, 1789 - 2015 (Record Group 46) and 2 series in the Records of the U.S. House of Representatives (Record Group 233) that contains pre-Civil War correspondence and committee reports, which may pertain to the political division of the country. For access to these series, please contact the Center for Legislative Archives (LL) via email at email@example.com.
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We also searched the Library of Congress catalog and located 36 results for pre-Civil War correspondence that may pertain to the political division of the country. You also may wish to search for letters to the editor or opinion pieces during your selected time period in newspapers from the Library of Congress.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!