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NYT: “The South Will Rise Again”

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The latest post on The New York Times’ superb “Disunion” blog, about U.S. Senator Alfred Iverson’s farewell speech as secession split the nation apart, is a must-read.

Washington College historian Adam Goodheart opens with this graf:

Dateline: Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 1861

“His speech was a memorable one — that was the only thing that everyone could agree upon. The anti-slavery New-York Tribune called it “pathetic.” A pro-Southern newspaper in Washington found it “solemn and impressive.” Today, the words have even more resonance than in 1861. For they may have been the very first eerie echo of what would become a famous American rallying cry: ‘The South will rise again.’ They also marked a moment in national politics whose repercussions are still being felt.”

Naturally, a spirited back-and-forth follows in this Opinionator post’s comments section.

The link: http://nyti.ms/alfrediverson

January 27, 2011, 8:00 pm

The South Rises Again – and Again, and Again

By ADAM GOODHEART

Disunion Disunion follows the Civil War as it unfolded.

Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 1861

His speech was a memorable one — that was the only thing that everyone could agree upon. The anti-slavery New-York Tribune called it “pathetic.” A pro-Southern newspaper in Washington found it “solemn and impressive.” Today, the words have even more resonance than in 1861. For they may have been the very first eerie echo of what would become a famous American rallying cry: “The South will rise again.” They also marked a moment in national politics whose repercussions are still being felt.

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