Chuck Hobbs: Start of the Confederacy is nothing to celebrate

Today marks the 150th anniversary of South Carolina’s bold secession from the Union. Several weeks later, on Jan. 10, 1861, Florida followed suit and became an independent entity for several weeks until early February, when it joined South Carolina and five other states to form the Confederate States of America.

By April of 1861, a total of 11 Southern states had left the Union. Still, as we stand a century and a half removed from the politics that would pit brother against brother in mortal combat, a point of contention remains as to why the Southern states chose to leave the Union in the first place.

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