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February 19, 1861: John Preston – “The south cannot exist without African slavery.”

John Preston of South Carolina Preston, a native of Virginia, was selected by the South Carolina convention to act as commissioner to Virginia, where he attempted to persuade the Virginia convention to vote for secession. His speech is transcribed in … Continue reading

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