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Pulling the Temple Down: The Fire-Eaters & the Destruction of the Union
Pulling the Temple Down: The Fire-Eaters & the Destruction of the Union
 
Our Price: $23.00
Year: 1994
Pages: 262
Binding Hardcover
ISBN 811706346

Product Code: 788159119

Description
 
David S. Heidler (au). In Dec. 1860, when the secessionists of South Carolina voted to take their state out of the Union, one proclaimed, “We have pulled a temple down.” One set of men who received the most credit for this achievement called themselves “fire-eaters.” They included, among others, William L. Yancy of AL, Robert B. Rhett, Sr., of SC & John Quitman of MS. This is the first comprehensive study of the fire-eaters, exploring who they were, how they operated, their efforts to lead public opinion, their successes, & their failures. For the first time a historian has used intensive research in the papers of these men to examine their claim that they fathered secession.

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