Author: Alexander H. Stephens


Cornerstone Speech by Alexander H. Stephens (March 21, 1861)

In his so-called Cornerstone Speech, delivered on March 21, 1861, in Savannah, Georgia, the Confederate vice president Alexander H. Stephens described the new Confederate constitution. Slavery, he said, and “the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man,” would be its cornerstone. The speech was first reported in the Savannah Republican newspaper, with this version appearing in a collection of Stephens’s papers, edited by Henry Cleveland and published in 1866.