and presented in its public men that list of American names best known in the Christian world.
That superiourity the war has not conquered or lowered; and the South
will do right to claim and to cherish it.
The war has not swallowed up everything.
There are great interests which stand out of the pale of the contest, which it is for the South
still to cultivate and maintain.
She must submit fairly and truthfully to what the war has properly decided
. But the war properly decided only what was put in issue: the restoration of the Union
and the excision of slavery; and to these two conditions the South
But the war did not decide negro equality; it did not decide negro suffrage; it did not decide State Rights, although it might have exploded their abuse; it did not decide the orthodoxy of the Democratic party; it did not decide the right of a people to show dignity in misfortune, and to maintain self-respect in the face of adversity.
And these things which the war did not decide, the Southern
people will still cling to, still claim, and still assert in them their rights and views.
This is not the language of insolence and faction.
It is the stark letter of right, and the plain syllogism of common sense.
It is not untimely or unreasonable to tell the South
to cultivate her superiourity as a people; to maintain her old schools of literature and scholarship; to assert, in the forms of her thought, and in the style of her manners, her peculiar civilization, and to convince the North
that, instead of subjugating an inferiour country, she has obtained the alliance of a noble and cultivated people, and secured a bond of association with those she may be proud to call brethren!
In such a condition there may possibly be a solid and honourable peace; and one in which the South
may still preserve many things dear to her in the past.
There may not be a political South.
Yet there may be a social and intellectual South.
But if, on the other hand, the South
, mistaking the consequences of the war, accepts the position of the inferiour, and gives up what was never claimed or conquered in the war; surrenders her schools of intellect and thought, and is left only with the brutal desire of the conquered for “bread and games ;” then indeed to her people may be applied what Tacitus
wrote of those who existed under the Roman Empire
: “We cannot be said to have lived, but rather to have crawled in silence, the young towards the decrepitude of age and the old to dishonourable graves.”