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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 36. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Constitution and the Constitution. (search)
bed the opposite of free government —abroad, he said, people saw in government an entity different from themselves. When people feel that their government is their own, one for which they are responsible, that the administration of justice represents their own conviction of what is just; so long, said the speaker, we can count on a continuance of free government. But why go abroad for the object lesson which on such continental scale, has been seen at home? The republican party, said Wendall Phillips, is—a party of the North pledged against the South. In 1856, Rufus Choate, in contemplation of a government thus acquired by the North, wrote: I turn my eyes from the consequences. To the fifteen States of the South that government will appear an alien government. It will appear worse. It will appear a hostile government. Was the government organized in 1861 responsive to the will of the people, or responsive to the will of a North pledged against the South? Was it unnatural for