Shall We Have a Southern
an editorial on June 27, 1867, the editors of The New York
Times compared the situation of the South under Reconstruction
with that of Ireland. They argue that Ireland was brought to a state
of insubordination by "hostile legislation" and attacks on private
property such as those being proposed by the Radical Republicans.
primal curse of Ireland was the spoliation of its landed property.
The right of property is of paramount importance in every civil
system. It is hardly too much to say, as many have said, that the
great end of government is to shield and secure that right. Certain
it is that to the institution of property mankind is indebted for,
not only the origin, but the progress of civilization. The people
cannot be named who not begin to grow weak and go backward from the
day of the first blow upon their property rights.
Source: The New York Times, June 27, 1867.