Essay on Slavery And The Constitution By Alexander Hamilton Stephens

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Slavery and the Constitution Alexander Hamilton Stephens was a congressman from Georgia and the former leader of the Whig party. He was one of the most important opponents of succession in the South, but he did later become vice president of the Confederacy. In “The Cornerstone Speech,” Alexander Hamilton Stephens discusses the foundation of the new nation that is to be formed. The new nation will be formed around the idea of slavery and Stephens openly states that slavery was the main cause that the succession of the South happened. Overall, Stephens hoped that his message would persuade some of the reaming slave states to succeed from the Union and join the Confederacy. The main claim that Alexander Hamilton Stephens is trying to make in “The Cornerstone Speech” is that the new nation will be founded on the principles of inequality in slavery and its relation to nature. The Declaration of Independence states that “all men are created equal.” Upon first reading this, one may assume that every citizen in the United States is created equal and deserving of these unalienable rights. However, during the age of slavery, the white man and the Negro man were not given the same rights and privileges. In “The Cornerstone Speech,” Stephens is quick to point out that the Negro is not equal by saying, “…Its corner-stone rests upon the great truth, that the negro is not equal to the white man…” (91). The slaves were treated as they were part of a different social class and degraded…

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