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Excerpt from Causes of the Civil War in America It would have been amazing had the call been longer delayed. The national flag, insulted and defied for many months, had at last been lowered, after the most astonishing kind of siege recorded in history, to an armed and organized rebellion; and a prominent personage in the Government of the Southern "Confederacy" is reported to have proclaimed, amid the exultations of victory, that before the 1st of May the same cherished emblem of our nationality should be struck from the capitol of Washington. An advance of the "Confederate" troops upon that city; the flight or captivity of the President and his Cabinet; the seizure of the national archives, the national title-deeds, and the whole national machinery of foreign intercourse and internal administration by the Confederates; and the Proclamation, from the American palladium itself, of the Montgomery Constitution, in place of the one devised by Washington, Madison, Hamilton, and Jay a constitution in which slavery should be the universal law of the land, the corner-stone of the political edifice - were events which seemed for a few days of intense anxiety almost probable. Had this really been the result, without a blow struck in defence of the national Government and the old Constitution, it is certain that the contumely poured forth upon the Free States by their domestic enemies, and by the world at large, would have been as richly deserved as it would have been amply bestowed. At present, such a catastrophe seems to have been averted. But the levy in mass of such a vast number of armed men in the Free States, in swift response to the call of the President, shows how deep and pervading is the attachment to the Constitution and to the flag of Union in the hearts of the 19,000,000 who inhabit those States. It is confidently believed, too, that the sentiment is not wholly extinguished in the 9,000,000 white men who dwell in the Slave States, and that, on the contrary, there
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Book Description Forgotten Books, 2010. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 32 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.08 inches. This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # zk1440094926