Secession Era Editorials Project


Milledgeville, Georgia, Federal Union [Democratic]

(14 March 1854)

It is truly gratifying to see the South united upon the great question of Southern Rights. There is no difference among her representatives in Congress upon the principles of the Nebraska and Kansas Bill -- each party appearing to be equally zealous in asserting and defending the rights of the South to an equal participation in the benefits of the Territories. But why the denunciation in Southern Whig papers, of those men at the North, who have stepped forward and took the leadership in the great contest with fanaticism? Why is Mr. Douglas' bill to be canonized and its author to be denounced? Why cannot Southern Whigs give credit to whom credit is due, without exhibiting the narrow selfishness of the mere partisan? Is it because Mr. Douglas is a Democrat, and it is feared their praises may add to his popularity and acceptability with Southern men? The most liberal construction of their motives will not afford any more charitable conclusion. Why is it that President Pierce is hooted at and his name coupled with censure whenever it appears in the columns of Southern Whig papers? -- Has he not from the inception of the Nebraska question, steadily given it his hearty support? -- has not his Cabinet been a unit upon this question? The man who will deny these facts has no regard for the truth, and is the victim of prejudices too deep rooted to be reached by reason or the soundings of conscience. Side by side with the almost unanimous vote of the South, stands recorded the votes of the Senators from New Hampshire, upon the passage of the Nebraska and Kansas bill -- indeed the Democratic Senators from the North all stood firm, while all the Northern Whigs either dodged or voted against the bill. The vote on the passage of this bill, to be found in another column, is a triumphant vindication of the soundness of the great body of the Northern Democracy, while it exposes the Whig party at the North in all its deformity and rottenness.

It is to the Democratic party of the country Southern men must look for protection under the constitution and equality in the Union. To such men at the North as Douglas and Shields of Illinois, Cass and Stuart of Michigan, Bright and Petit of Indiana, Norris and Williams of New Hampshire, Gwinn and Weller of California, Dodge and Jones of Iowa, Toucey of Connecticut, Brodhead of Pennsylvania, and Thompson of New Jersey.

With such a showing as this, the Whig paper at the South, that raises its voice against Northern Democrats, should call up on the mountains and the rocks to fall on them and hide them forever from the gaze of honest and patriotic men. To say the least of it, the course of Southern Whig papers is grossly illiberal.

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