U.S. Secessionists Gather in South Carolina for a Discussion
40 or more individuals, some identified as scholars, gathered in South Carolina at the eighth conference hosted by the Abbeville Institute, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
Those gathered had come together to discuss the logistics and history of the secession movement and seceding from the United States of America.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Feb. 5) -- They could have been just another gaggle of tourists walking down Meeting Street, a typical enough sight among the cobblestone and historic homes of Charleston, S.C. But what they wanted to explore were not the guidebook-endorsed attractions of this old town -- the Market, the Battery, Rainbow Row, the nearby plantations. Instead, they had come to the heart of the pre-Civil War South, the former center of the American slave trade, to discuss an idea that had once been all the rage among Charleston's ruling class: the end of the United States as they knew it.
The 40 or so visitors, most of them men, all but one of them white, were attendees of the Eighth Abbeville Institute Scholar's Conference, a four-day gabfest on the resurgent topics of state nullification and secession. At the conference, which runs through Sunday, a collection of scholars and lay folk will discuss what they see as the decided downsides to living in an imperial-minded, centralized-power-mad American Empire, one in which state's rights, personal liberties and personal connections to the land and fellow man have all but vanished.
Shortly before the official start of the proceedings Thursday evening, the group left the Francis Marion Hotel, the site of the conference, and headed to the state historical society to view the South Carolina Secession Banner and the Ordinance of Secession, the document declaring the Palmetto State's exit from the Union following Abraham Lincoln's election in 1860.
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