The Cornerstone Speech
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Presentation of the text
Title: The Cornerstone Speech (1861)
Sender: Alexander Stephens
Alexander Stephens (1812-1883) was an American politician and member of the Democratic Party. He served as the Vice President of the Confederate States and later as Governor of Georgia. In his Cornerstone speech, Stephens inaccurately predicts the success of the Confederacy and defends slavery. Following the defeat of the Confederate States in the Civil War, Stephens was briefly imprisoned, but after his release, he continued his political career. It should be noted that the text we are dealing with is not an exact transcript of the speech, but only a sketch reconstructed by a reporter who attended the convention were the speech was given.
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