Sayings By or For Southerners, Part XXI

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The main problem with America today is the increasing scarcity of Americans. –Clyde Wilson

The motive of those who have protested against the extension of slavery has always been concern for the welfare of the white man, not an unnatural sympathy with the negro. –William H. Seward, Republican leader

Loyalty to party is treason to the South. –Congressman Lawrence M. Keitt of South Carolina, 1857

The rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangement, is wholly inadmissible –Abraham Lincoln, opposing secession after being elected with less than 40% of the vote

The French Revolution unfolded under the banner of a self-contradictory and unrealizable slogan, “liberty, equality, fraternity.” But in the life of society, liberty and equality are mutually exclusive, even hostile concepts. Liberty, by its very nature undermines social equality, and equality suppresses liberty—for how else could it be attained? –Solzhenitsyn

Clearly, today democratic sentiment in America is little more than a reflex of market imperatives. Americans possess neither the will to resist nor the independence of mind to see that we are now swimming with the Gadarene swine. –Jack Trotter

The establishment of a national currency and of this system [of national banks] appears to me all important. It is more important than the loss of a battle. In comparison with this, the fate of three million negroes in the southern States is utterly insignificant. I would see them slaves for life as their fathers were before them if we could only maintain nationality. –Sen. John Sherman of Ohio

Thus when secessionists protested in 1861 that they were acting to preserve traditional rights and values, they were correct. . . . The South’s concept of republicanism had not changed in three-quarters of a century. The North’s had. –James M. McPherson

Lee was the product of a locality and an authority that was two and a half times as old as the Union. –Bell I. Wiley

We mean to conquer [the southern people]—not merely to defeat, but to conquer, to SUBJUGATE them . . .when the rebellious traitors are overwhelmed in the field, and scattered like leaves before an angry wind, it must not be to return to peaceful and contented homes. They must find poverty at their firesides, and see privation in the anxious eyes of mothers and the rags of children. —New York Tribune

If only Longstreet had . . . . —O. Henry

About Clyde Wilson

Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina where he was the editor of the multivolume The Papers of John C. Calhoun. He is the M.E. Bradford Distinguished Chair at the Abbeville Institute. He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews and is co-publisher of www.shotwellpublishing.com, a source  for unreconstructed Southern books. More from Clyde Wilson

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