Looking back at Secession as it happened

While there continues to be debate among historians and non-historians alike about slavery’s role in the onset of the War Between the States, few dispute South Carolina’s importance in the formation of the Confederacy.

The day after Abraham Lincoln’s election on Nov. 6, 1860, revolutionary fever broke out in the Palmetto State and nearly all the state’s federal officials resigned.

The state legislature quickly passed a bill authorizing a state convention to meet on Dec. 20 to consider, and if it desired, to authorize, secession from the Union.

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‘… bigotry will never want a pretence’

Is unlimited immigration a wise course for any nation? Probably not, but xenophobes and bigots have a way of twisting circumstances to fit their arguments about keeping down the number of outsiders that are admitted legally and restricting the rights of those that are already here.

This is nothing new, as shown by a speech British historian and politician Thomas Babington Macaulay made in the House of Commons on April 17, 1833, regarding the extension of benefits and privileges of full citizenship to Jews:

When the question was about Catholic emancipation, the cry was, “See how restless, how versatile, how encroaching, how insinuating, is the spirit of the Church of Rome. See how her priests compass earth and sea to make one proselyte, how indefatigably they toil, how attentively they study the weak and strong parts of every character, how skillfully they employ literature, arts, sciences, as engines for the propagation of their faith. You find them in every region and under every disguise, collating manuscripts in the Bodleian, fixing telescopes in the observatory of Peking, teaching the use of the plough and the spinning-wheel to the savages of Paraguay. Will you give power to the members of a church so busy, so aggressive, so insatiable?”

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