Breckinridge supporter John Brown Gordon tells college students slavery is "the hand-maid of civil liberty"

John Brown Gordon, an ardent and tireless Breckinridge supporter and future Confederate general, gave a lecture before the literary societies of Oglethorpe College, then in Milledgeville, Georgia, during commencement.  In it he called slavery "the hand-maid of civil liberty" and "the Mightiest Engine in the universe for the civilization, elevation, and refinement of mankind - the surest guarantee of the continuance of liberty among ourselves."  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation
Ralph Lowell Eckert, John Brown Gordon: Soldier, Southerner, American (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. 1989), 13. 
Date Certainty
Exact
Type
Slavery/Abolition
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