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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 3: assembling of Congress.--the President's Message. (search)
that the principal of the causes which led to secession was not Slavery, but the very high price which, for the sake of protecting the Northern manufacturers, the South were obliged to pay for the manufactured goods. which they required. George Fitzhugh, a leading publicist of Virginia, in an article in De Bow's Review (the acknowledged organ of the Slave interest) for February, 1861, commenting on the Message, said;--It is a gross mistake to suppose that Abolition is the cause of dissolutit the North. he said:--This feeling of peace at home has given place to apprehensions of servile insurrection. Many a matron throughout the South retires at night in dread of what may befall herself and her children before the morning. George Fitzhugh, in the article in De Bow's Review just alluded to, pronounced this statement a gross and silly libel, which could only have proceeded from a nerveless, apprehensive, tremulous old man. Our women, he continued, are far in advance of our men
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1., Chapter 8: attitude of the Border Slave-labor States, and of the Free-labor States. (search)
e northwest, the stupid democracy of Canada (for Canada will, in some way, coalesce with the North), and the arrogant and tyrannical people of New England will become masters of the destinies of New York. They hate her for her sympathies with the South, and will so legislate as to divert all her western trade to outlets through Chicago, the St. Lawrence, Portland, and Boston. She will then be cut off from her trade North and South. In fine, she must set up for herself or be ruined. --George Fitzhugh in De Bow's Review for February, 1861. His own treasonable words seemed to have startled him, and given him visions of a felon's cell, for he immediately added, meekly--Yet I am not prepared to recommend the violence implied in these views. The Board of Aldermen ordered three thousand copies of this message to be printed in document form. The seditious suggestions of this Mayor, and the opposing and defiant tone of the Legislature, alarmed the commercial classes and large capital