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This Day in Georgia History

March 21, 1861

Alexander Stephens Delivered “Cornerstone” Speech

In Savannah, Confederate vice president Alexander Stephens gave his famous “Cornerstone” speech in which he proclaimed that the cornerstone of the new Confederacy “rests upon the great truth, that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery – subordination to the superior race – is his natural and normal condition.”