Project #36961 - Fire Eaters

After the election of Abraham Lincoln a wave of secession broke out among the southern states.  This was not a decision taken lightly or one that was only considered in the heat of the moment.  Southerners had felt as though they were under attack for more than a decade and, for many, the election of a president who did not win a single southern state was the last straw.  During the previous decade, southern men had been giving speeches and articles to defend their region against what they viewed as northern attacks on both the South and slavery.  Please read the following speeches and write a 2 page, double spaced, paper using 12 point, Times New Roman font.  Upon completion, upload your paper under this assignment.  In addition, you must submit your paper to turnitin.com  Please discuss each, talking about their arguments and defense of the South, why did it need to be defended, how did each approach this, etc.  At the end include your impression of their arguments, not in the context of if they were good arguments or how they make you, someone living 150 years later, feel, but rather how this compares to what you have previously learned in history classes.  I know that you will disagree with much of what they say, but do not judge them based upon what is acceptable in the time period in which you live.  Do not give your opinion on slavery or abolitionism as you live in 2014 and are obviously against slavery.

Your sources must be cited throughout the paper using footnotes and according to the Chicago Manual of Style. 

William Lowndes Yancey's speech to the 1860 Democratic convention in Charleston, South Carolina shortly before he and the other Alabama delegates walked out - http://www.bartleby.com/268/9/19.html

Robert Barnwell Rhett's speech to South Carolina's secession convention - http://civilwarcauses.org/rhett.htm

 

will need to submit your paper to turnitin.com so no plagiarism!

Subject History
Due By (Pacific Time) 08/04/2014 12:00 am
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