Spirit of the south still stands as South Carolinians mark 150 years of secession

The organisers billed it as “the event of a lifetime” and, judging by the gaiety inside the Gaillard auditorium in Charleston, most of those present agreed. The women wore silk hoop skirts, petticoats and bloomers, their hair in ringlets; the men wore tuxedos and top hats, while some sported the grey uniform of the confederate army.

They do-si-doed around fake oak trees bedecked with the botanical mascot of the American South, Spanish moss. It was like stepping on to the film set of Gone With the Wind, minus the kissing.

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