chapter  8
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Pulling Down the Political Temple

The earth, the air, and the sea became brilliant; and from the foam of the ages raised the constellation which was set in the political firmament as a sign of unity and confederation and community independence, coexistent with confederate strength. That constellation has served to bless our people. There are two modes, however, of dissolving the Union. One alone has been contemplated. It was that which proceeded from the States separating themselves from those to whom they are united. There is another. It is by destroying the Constitution; by pulling down the political temple; by forming a consolidated Government. Union, in the very meaning of the word, implies the junction of separate States. There is much, too, which is exceedingly offensive in the speculations you make upon our servants when you talk about Negro insurrection. Governments have tampered with slaves.