What was the Cornerstone Speech (1861)?

Introduction The Cornerstone Speech, also known as the Cornerstone Address, was an oration given by Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens at the Athenaeum in Savannah, Georgia, on 21 March 1861, delivered extemporaneously a few weeks before the American Civil War (1861-1865) began with the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter. Stephens’s speech defended slavery as… Read More

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