I was reading into Alexander Stephen’s Cornerstone Speech, which states:
“Our new government is founded upon exactly [this] idea; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone 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.”
Does this speech prove that the main sole purpose of secession was slavery? Or this this taken out of context, a fake to fit the northern narrative?
It’s clear that the Deep South states seceded because Lincoln had been elected, and they saw that as a threat to slavery and an indication that the northern states intended not to abide by the Constitution in that regard. The Middle South states, however, did not secede until Lincoln began to take unconstitutional actions to put down Deep South secession.
The best book on the Deep South is Charles B. Dew’s Apostles of Disunion…, and the best book about Middle South secession is Crofts’ Reluctant Confederates….