A Georgian lawyer’s remarks prior to the Civil War

“The world can never give up slavery”

Photograph portrait of Benjamin Harvey Hill taken between 1870 and 1880, possibly after being elected to Congress.
Filed under History, US Civil War

Excerpts from a speech made by Georgian lawyer Benjamin Harvey Hill at the state capital on 1860.11.15, arguing for military prudence in secession prior to the start of the US Civil War…

“[England] must have cotton. Four millions of her people can’t live without it. The English throne can’t stand without it. It must come from the Southern States. It can’t be raised in the South without slave labour. And England has become the defender of slavery in the South.

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