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Teaching Primary Source: On founding the Confederacy

Primary Source: On founding the Confederacy

Confederates had to quickly create not only a government but also a nation, including all of the cultural values required to foster patriotism. In this speech, Alexander Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy, proclaims that slavery and white supremacy were not only the cause for secession but also the “cornerstone” of the Confederate nation.

Alexander Stephens
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What ideas and language did Alexander Stephens use to unify the Confederacy?
RH.4 - Key Terms & Tone, RH.6 - Author's Purpose


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