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The Southern stake in Kansas

From De Bow's Review


March, 1856 (pp. 363-64)

That we sympathize with the friends of the slavery cause in Kansas in their manly effort to maintain their rights, and the rights and interests of the southern people, and that we rejoice at their recent victories over the paid adventures and Jesuitical hordes of northern abolitionism; that the deep interest felt taken by the people of MISSOURI in the settlement of Kansas, and the decision of the slavery question in it, is natural and proper, and that it is their right and DUTY to extend their southern brethren in that territory every legitimate and honorable sympathy and support.

Kansas Matters---Appeal to the South
May, 1856 (p. 637)

Let us, then be vigilant and active in the cause; we must maintain our ground. The loss of Kansas to South will be the death knell of our dear union." "Missouri has done nobly, thus far, in overcoming the thousands who have been sent out by Abolition Aid Societies; we cannot hold out much longer unless the whole South will come to the rescue. We need men; we need money; send us both quickly. Do not delay; come as individuals, come in companies, come by thousands.

Our hearts have been made glad by the late arrival of large companies from South Carolina and Alabama. They have responded promptly to our call for help. The noble Buford is already endeared to our hearts; we love him; we will fight for him, and die for him and his companions. Who will follow his noble example! We tell you now, and tell you frankly, that unless you come quickly, and come by the thousands, we are gone. The elections once lost, we are lost forever. Then farewell to our southern cause, and farewell to our glorious Union. We repeat the cry, "come over and help us."

The voice of Kansas-Let the South Respond
August of 1856 (p. 187)

One of the committee (Col. Buford) places the manuscript in our hands, and we commend it to the serious attention of the readers of the Review. The cause is one to which, without loss of a single day, every Southern man should contribute. Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia, have been lavish in their aid. The loss of Kansas will give to the enemies of Southern Institutions a victory more signal and more important than has yet been won over us. To avert the mischief, prompt and concerted action at the South is only needed. Those familiar with the state of affairs in Kansas know that it can only be abolitionized by the supine ness of the people of this section, whose all is at stake in these contests.

That a state of insurrection and civil war exists among us is abundantly evident: the "law and order party" on the one side, opposed on the other by the abolitionists, sent out and sustained by the Emigrant Aid Societies of the North.

The abolitionists on the on hand, in accordance with their early teaching, regard slavery as the greatest possible evil; they deem it a monstrous national crime, which their false theories of government impute equally to every portion of the confederacy, and thus believing themselves individually responsible for its existence, they feel bound each to struggle for its overthrow; to such extremes have wicked demagogues stimulated their fanaticism, that their perverted consciences justify any mode of warfare against slaveholders, however in violation of law, however atrociously wicked it may seem to others; nay, many of them already go so far to oppose all law, religion, property, order, and subordination among men, as subversive of what they are pleased to call natural inherent equality. And with them it is no more mere local question of whether it shall exist anywhere in the Union. Kansas they justly regard as the mere outpost in the war now being waged between antagonistic civilizations of the North and the South; and winning this great outpost and stand-point, they rightly think their march will open to an easy conquest of the whole field. Hence the extraordinary means the abolition part has adopted to flood Kansas with the most fanatical and lawless portion of northern society.

Notes: George W. Cable former Southern Soldier and well-known civil rights advocate for the freedmen was from New Orleans, where De Bow's Review was published. Cable himself would write about the Southern evils of slavery in his stories about Creole life in New Orleans.

Notes and magazine excerpts courtesy Kevin Dier-Zimmel.