“Lost Cause” Enthusiasts Should Read Alexander Stephens’s “Cornerstone” Speech

Historians work hard to point out the primary documents on issues from the past. They show what the people of that time were thinking and how they viewed their actions. This is an excellent example.

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Athan The Athanaeum in Savannah, the site of Alexander Stephens’s “Cornerstone Speech”

In the midst of all this discussion about Confederate monuments, the Lost Cause, and the meaning of the Civil War, an Ohio middle school American history teacher named James Latuzenheiser tweets:

The reference here is to a speech delivered on March 21, 1861 (two weeks after Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated POTUS) by Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens.  He delivered the speech from the Athanaeum in Savannah, Georgia.  The purpose of this speech was to explain the differences between the Constitution of the Confederate States and the United States Constitution.

In his so-called “Cornerstone” speech, Stephens makes abundantly clear the Confederate’s position on slavery and its role in the coming of the…

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