The "Cornerstone Speech"

On March 21, 1861, Confederate Vice-President Alexander Stephans, of Georgia, gave an extemporaneous speech at the Athenium in Savannah. No “official” version of the speech exists, but it was transcribed by several newspaper reporters and printed in several newspapers. Because of the length of the speech, we give first an extract, the so-called “cornerstone” section of the speech, followed by a link to the entire document.