Thomas Bragg Quotes

Our Northern brethren will discover that the Southern States intended to be equals in the Union, or independent out of it!

 
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Bragg and other Southerner leaders had an unusual concept of equality. Ever since the original Constitution, Northerner’s votes counted for themselves only while a single Southerner’s vote counted for all his slaves as well. So the individual Southerner always had more political power than his Northern counterpart. However, this notion of equality reached it’s acme when it came to the new territories. The Southern argument was that Southerners could not equally prosper in the new territories of Kansas and Nebraska if they could not bring their slaves to work the land. The thought that Southerners were equally able to personally work the new lands or pay labor seems to never have occurred to them. If Northerners could prosper that way then Southerners should be equally able to do so also. However, many Southern whites simply could not conceive of a “gentleman” working in the fields. Therefore they would not be equally able to prosper in the new territories.
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Thomas Bragg, 1810-1872, U. S. Senator (Democrat, NC), North Carolina Governor, Attorney General of the Confederacy, Quoted in Avery O. Craven, The Growth of Southern Nationalism

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Thomas Bragg
Thomas Bragg
  • Born: November 9, 1810
  • Died: January 21, 1872
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Thomas Bragg was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 34th Governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1855 through 1859. During the Civil War, he served in the Confederate States Cabinet. He was the older brother of General Braxton Bragg. They were direct descendants of Thomas Bragg (1579–1665) who was born in England and settled in the Virginia Colony.

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