The South Must Be Sectional

July 20, 1855

Under the Refuge of Oppression column, here is an article from the Louisiana Courier.  “Is there no hope for the South and its people in the impending struggle?  Or are we to await, in crouching dread, the day in which it may please these Northern despots to place their heels on the necks of a race whose forefathers at least knew their rights, and had stout hearts and willing arms to defend them? …We, people of the South, must in our turn become sectional, and, what is more, we must push our sectionalism, at least for the present, to extremes….  We must eradicate from among us Northern ideas and politics, and adopt and steadily pursue Southern ideas and a Southern system….”

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