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November 20, 1860: Rhett advocates secession

R. Barnwell Rhett Barnwell Rhett, in a speech in South Carolina, November 20, 1860: “We are two peoples, essentially different in all that makes a people.” Charleston Mercury, Nov. 21, 1860; cited in Cauthen, p. 73.

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A Virginian’s view of the candidates

1860 Candidates. Clockwise from top right: Lincoln, Douglas, Breckinridge, Bell William L. Goggin, a former Representative from Virginia, and a recently defeated Whig candidate for the governorship, gave a speech in Petersburg, VA that was reported in the September 4, … Continue reading

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