South Carolina becomes first state to secede

On this day (Dec. 20) in 1860, a “Convention of the People of South Carolina” voted unanimously (169-0) to secede from “the union now subsisting between South Carolina and other States, under the name of ‘The United States of America.’”

Thus South Carolina became the first of the 11 southern states to sever ties with the Union, a Union that had been so laboriously and gloriously established in 1789.

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