Friday Dec 18, 2020

33 - "The Union Is Dissolved!" - South Carolina Secedes

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About this episode: 

For those in power in the state of South Carolina, the November 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln was the final straw. Convinced that he and the Republican party were certain to forever change their economic, political, and cultural world, it was time to act. And so, even before the election year was out, the Palmetto State initiated the process to do what today, few Americans - if any - would even begin to consider. For this episode, the story of South Carolina’s momentous (and as consequences would demonstrate, calamitous) December decision: secession.

 

Some Characters Mentioned In This Episode: 

Governor Francis Pickens

Edmund Ruffin

James Petigru

President James Buchanan

Robert Anderson

 

Get The Guide:

Want to learn more about the Civil War? A great place to start is Fred's guide, The Civil War: A History of the War between the States from Workman Publishing. The guide is in its 9th printing.

 

Producer: Dan Irving

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