THE CORNERSTONE SPEECH 
 
Alexander H. Stephens Cornerstone speech is often used as a keystone citation to entirely condemn the Southern Confederacy. But if his speech was such a solid source, wouldn't we hear the same rhetoric echoed by other Confederate officials? Here's what other political figures had to say about the "cornerstone" of the Confederacy: 
 
Robert Toombs, soon to become the Confederate Secretary of State, gave a speech before the Georgia Legislature in November 1860 in which he said, “the cornerstone of this Government was the perfect equality of the free, sovereign, and independent States which made it.” *William W. Freehling and Craig Simpson, (eds.), Secession Debated, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992), 33. 
 
Jefferson Davis wrote that the “principle of State sovereignty and independence … was regarded by the fathers of the Union as the cornerstone of the structure.” *Jefferson Davis, Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, vol. 1, 127. Elsewhere, Davis wrote that “the principle of the sovereignty of the people [was] the cornerstone of all our institutions.” *Davis, vol. 2, 718. 

                    SOUTHERNER, TAKE YOUR STAND 
 
The author of Southerner, Take Your Stand, John Vinson, is such a well-spoken Southerner. Take a look at some of his work, you will be glad you did. 

He gives a clear focus on Southern Identity—something that is under attack in America today. Hollywood and the Universities would have everyone believe that Southerners have nothing worthy to preserve or embody and that our cultural identity is somehow evil. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Our Southern heritage is full of virtues worthy of passing on, embodied within Christian faith, family, traditions, honor, land, and liberty. John's writings discuss Southern Identity and try to inspire the reader to take hold of its firm foundations.  
 
Deo Vindice. 
 
Reference: 
John Vinson 
"Southerner, Take Your Stand" 
 
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