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Blue & Gray DiplomacyA History of Union and Confederate Foreign Relations$
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Howard Jones

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833490

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807898574_jones

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Epublic in Peril

Epublic in Peril

(p.9) Chapter 1 Epublic in Peril
Blue & Gray Diplomacy

Howard Jones

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter shows how the supporters of the Confederate States of America regarded themselves as the true progenitors of the republic. They also deemed their secession from the Union as a return to the world of limited national government envisioned by the Founding Fathers. In his Inaugural Address of February 1861 delivered in Montgomery, Alabama, President Jefferson Davis declared: “We have assembled to usher into existence the Permanent Government of the Confederate States. Through this instrumentality, under the favor of Divine Providence, we hope to perpetuate the principles of our revolutionary fathers. … Therefore we are in arms to renew such sacrifices as our fathers made to the holy cause of constitutional liberty.” Thus from the southern perspective, the Union was in peril, but not from the secessionists; rather, the danger came from a big government in Washington that had subverted the original Union's emphasis on states' rights into a northern tyranny.

Keywords:   Confederate States, true progenitors, republic, limited national government, Founding Fathers

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