Southerners! In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, the South, through us summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom. We declare the right of the people of the South to the ownership of the South and to the unfettered control of Southern destinies to be sovereign and indefeasible. The long usurpation of that right by a foreign people and government has not extinguished the right, nor can it ever be extinguished except by the destruction of the Southern people themselves. In every generation the Southern people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty. Standing on that fundamental right and again asserting it in the face of the world, we hereby proclaim the Southern republic as a sovereign, independent state and we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades in arms to the cause of its freedom, to its welfare and of its exaltation among the nations.
Could you support something like this? Does it send chills up and down your spine to think of saying this to our captors, saying it directly to their face? I hope so, because, ladies and gentlemen, that day is coming.
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