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Standard 8-4.4

8-4.4 Evaluate the arguments of unionists, cooperationists, and secessionists on the issues of states’ rights and slavery and the ways that these arguments contributed to South Carolina’s secession.

Grade(s): 8

Subject(s): Social Studies

Year: 2011

Commemorating South Carolina’s Secession
Commemorating South Carolina’s Secession


On December 20,1860, the delegates of a special South Carolina state convention voted unanimously to secede from the Union. Secession had been brewing for more than a decade, as white South...

Secession, Part 2 | Palmetto Heritage


Back in South Carolina in December 1860 for a short Christmas break, Allen finds the Secession convention in session at the First Baptist Church in Columbia. He then accompanies his father, who is a...
Secession, Part 1 | Palmetto Heritage


The story begins in 1858 in South Carolina. William Taylor's cousin Allen is visiting from Connecticut. Secession "fever" is rapidly engulfing the state. The scene shifts to West Point where the...
Southern Discontent | Conversations on SC History
Episode 12


Noted South Carolina historian Dr. Walter Edgar discusses the key issues in SC History. Southern Discontent is discussed in three lessons: Differences in Views Sectional Differences Events Leading to...