The Cornerstone

The following is a quote from New Haven, Connecticut born, United States Supreme Court Justice Henry Baldwin in the SCOTUS case of 1833 case of Johnson vs. Tompkins……….


“Slavery is the corner-stone of the Constitution; the foundations of the government are laid and rest on the right of property in slaves, and the whole structure must fall by disturbing the corner-stone.”


Justice Henry Baldwin was stating that the cornerstone of the 1787 U.S. CONstitution , the foundations of the U.S. government rested on the right of property in slaves.


Justice Baldwin also stated that…..


“although slavery’s existence “is abhorrent to all our ideas of natural right and justice,” the jury must respect the legal status of slavery.”


The Confederate States of America’s Vice President Alexander Stephens stated on March 21, 1861 that the 1861 CSA Constitutions……


“ foundations are laid, its corner- stone 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.”


Alexander Stephens also stated……

My own opinion of slavery, as often expressed, was that if the institution was not the best, or could not be made the best, for both races, looking to the advancement and progress of both, physically and morally, it ought to be abolished.”


It appears that both the 1787 U.S. Constitution and government, and the CSA Constitution and government were claimed to rest on the cornerstone of Slavery. While one has been allowed to move forward replacing that cornerstone, the other has been denied the right to move forward and to replace that cornerstone, as it remains in a state of forced exile.


Alexander Stephens



Henry Baldwin



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