- Subjugation of the States of Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Virginia -- object of a state government; its powers ‘just powers’; how exercised; its duty; necessarily sovereign; its entire order; how founded; how destroyed -- the crime against constitutional liberty -- distinction between the governments of the States and that of the United States -- secession -- the government of the United States invades the state; Refuses to recognize its government; thus Denies the fundamental principle of popular liberty -- annihilation of unalienable rights -- qualification of voters fixed by military power -- condition of the voter's oath -- who was the sovereign in Tennessee? -- case of Louisiana -- registration of voters -- none allowed to register without taking a certain oath; its conditions -- election of state officers -- part of the state Constitution declared void.
The most painful pages of this work are those which now present the subjugation of the state governments by the government of the United States. The patriot, the lover of his country and of the liberties of mankind cannot contemplate these facts without a feeling of grief which will not be comforted. That the work of the fathers of the republic, that the most magnificent system of constitutional government which the wisdom of man has devised, should be turned from its object, changed from its order, rendered powerless to protect the unalienable rights and sovereignty of the people, and made the instrument by which to establish and maintain imperialism, is a revolution unlike any other that may be found in the history of mankind. The result established the truthfulness of the assertion, so often made during the progress of the war, that the Northern people, by their unconstitutional warfare to gain the freedom of certain negro slaves, would lose their own liberties. It has been shown that the governments of the states were instituted to secure certain unalienable rights of the citizens with which they were endowed by their Creator, and that among these rights were life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that they derived their just powers from the consent of the governed; that these powers were organized by the citizens in such form as seemed to them most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Where must the American citizen look for the security of the rights which he has been endowed by his Creator? To his state