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    Secession Crisis: Pro-slavery "Epitaph of the United States" Broadside. 12" x 18.75", no place; circa 1861. Early printing of this Confederate broadside with mourning border in triple. According to Sabin, "About 50 copies of an edition without the heading were printed for I.D. Seabrook of Charleston, S.C., according to a letter from him to S.A. Green of the Massachusetts Historical Society, dated, Charleston, S.C. Jan. 25, '04." It is presumed that this broadside may have been part of this printing. It was printed following secession, though it is difficult to know exactly when, however the language used indicates it was not long after South Carolina left the Union. It brashly asserts that, "In some of the Northern or non-slaveholding States, became Traitors to the Constitution, to their own consciences, and to the Country; made war upon the separate Institutions of the Southern or slave-holding States, which, under the provisions of that solemn compact, they had no right to touch; thus VIOLATED THE COMPACT...and then to ELEVATE the NEGRO RACE to an EQUALITY with the Free White inhabitants of this Country..."

    Reference: Sabin 87822

    Condition: Dampstaining along center fold. Lightly toned and soiled with some edgewear. Cello tape repair to old folds on verso. Pencil notations on verso.

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