South Carolina’s Rich Tradition

On the heels of the gentleman congress member from South Carolina’s outburst during Obama’s address on Wednesday night, Thomas Schaller-the best professor I never had at UMBC- offers a quick review of South Carolina’s proud pronounced history of, well, something:

No state boasts a tradition of shrill resistance to the Republic comparable to South Carolina’s.

Thomas Jefferson removed condemnations of slavery from the Declaration of Independence to appease South Carolinian slaveholders. State loyalists helped the British recapture the state in 1780 from the patriots. By 1828, state icon and Vice President John C. Calhoun was advocating state “nullification” of federal powers.

In 1860, South Carolina became the first state to secede…

It goes on.

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