Irritated by the recent celebration of the Confederacy by leaders of Virginia and Mississippi? Read The Transplanted Lawyer's post on the subject. It's thoughtful and great.
To his argument that the Confederacy was, at its heart, about slavery, I'd add these cites: Jefferson Davis' speech to the Confederate Congress upon ratification of the Confederate Constitution, the Confederate Constitution itself, and the Cornerstone Speech. In the Cornerstone speech, Stephens explicitly rejected the ideals of the United States Constitution — the ideals of America — in favor of the ideals of the Confederacy:
The constitution, it is true, secured every essential guarantee to the institution while it should last, and hence no argument can be justly urged against the constitutional guarantees thus secured, because of the common sentiment of the day. Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the government built upon it fell when the "storm came and the wind blew."
Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.
The notion that the Confederacy can be separated from the institution of slavery — and from white supremacy — is a contemptible lie.
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