The cornerstone of the confederacy was slavery

“Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone 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.” [link]

Alexander Stephens, Vice President of the Confederate States of America

Cornerstone Speech

Savannah, Georgia March 21, 1861

“The great truth, I repeat, upon which our system rests, is the inferiority of the African. The enemies of our institutions ignore this truth. They set out with the assumption that the races are equal; that the negro is equal to the white man.” [link]

Alexander Stephens, Vice President of the Confederate States of America

Speech to the Virginia Secession Convention

April 23, 1861

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