Analysis Of Alexander Stephens 's ' The New Government '

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Kayleigh Smith Professor Kat History 1301-41001 15/11/2014 Core Evaluation Essay According to Alexander Stephens, the new Government was founded on the idea that blacks were inferior to whites. He believed that enslavement of the African was socially, morally and politically wrong, as if it was evil. Assumptions of the equality of races, anti-slavery fanatic conclusions stated that the “negro” was equal, he had equal rights as the white men. Stephens believed this as long as the fanatics premise was correct. If the premise was wrong their whole argument fails. If blacks were to have honor and showed success as whites, they would receive the equality as white people do. As for Nast’s wooden carving, it shows two political views in the…show more content…
The historical significance behind Stephens’ “Cornerstone Speech” and Nast’s “The President’s Inaugural” shows the different opinions of slavery in the North and South and peoples’ views on slavery. It is in our destiny and hands to change the slave laws, to make things equal. Alexander believes if blacks showed truth, integrity, honor and dishonor, according to their actions, they can make a name of themselves, possibly become a free slave and become a successful human being. Nast’s carving shows the difference in the love/hate relationship for Lincoln’s opinion on slaves. Lincoln once told Stephens on the day before Christmas that his view on slavery would not change based on Stephens’ opinion. Although, Alexander states in his speech that slave soil does not or should not grow. The compact between states should come up with civil contracts liable to be rescinded by mutual agreements on both parties. With the concurrence of the President, giving consent of separation of land and recognition of our independence, the North gets peace. During the 1860’s was a hard, long, horrible life for African Americans due to their enslavement. Several whites were careless of the culture of Africans. Women were sworn into the kitchen to cook, clean and possibly care for the children. As for men were to be a butler or work outside doing yard work or labor. The children too, they started out as a young age working outside or inside
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