The Civil War: 150 years later

On a foggy day near Christmas 1860, a delegation of South Carolina’s wealthiest, most powerful citizens – planters, judges, legislators and clergy, all white men – assembled at Columbia’s stately red brick-columned First Baptist Church to contemplate smashing the Palmetto State’s bond with the United States of America.

Within hours, the assembly adopted a resolution that for some among the group – those who relished the moniker of “fire-eater” – thought was 30 years past due: “The state of South Carolina should forthwith secede from the Federal Union.”

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