EPITAPH. / HERE LIE THE MUTILATED AND DISJOINTED / REMAINS/ OF THE / NOBLEST FORM OF GOVERNMENT / ever contrived by the wisdom of man, or blessed by the smiles of Heaven / for promoting the greatest good of the greatest number of the / People of the Human Race; The United States of America [caption title above the first column of text, followed by 334 lines of text arranged as short fiery statements under varying headlines, some printed in all capitals, others in bold face, employing various styles and sizes of type, the entire text printed within a bold black mourning border].

EPITAPH. / HERE LIE THE MUTILATED AND DISJOINTED / REMAINS/ OF THE / NOBLEST FORM OF GOVERNMENT / ever contrived by the wisdom of man, or blessed by the smiles of Heaven / for promoting the greatest good of the greatest number of the / People of the Human Race; The United States of America [caption title above the first column of text, followed by 334 lines of text arranged as short fiery statements under varying headlines, some printed in all capitals, others in bold face, employing various styles and sizes of type, the entire text printed within a bold black mourning border].

[Charleston, S.C. np, 1860]. Printed broadside, 61 x 24 cm. One of at least four issues printed in Charleston at or shortly after secession. Hummel 2436 (six copies: Emory, Georgia, Duke, S.C. Historical Society, South Carolina). Not in Parrish & Willingham (but see two other Charleston printings recorded there: 5372, printed in two columns, and 5373, same as here, but including a printer’s slug). OCLC locates two copies for this issue (Boston Athenaeum, Emory). Other editions, also rare, were printed in Boston and St. Louis. RareBookHub notes but a single copy of any edition at auction (unsold in 2006, but defective and lacking text along the bottom edge). Laid down on archival paper. Old folds (with wear along the folds, affecting a number of words or letters, but sense of text remains clear). Item #63748

Following a stirring patriotic account of the founding of the United States, the author (or authors) continue with an argument praising the White Supremacist foundations outlined in the Constitution, arguing “the American People were the authors of their own destruction though they inherited the blood of a FREE WHITE RACE … on the 6th of November 1860 [with Abraham Lincoln’s election] ... the people of the United States … DISSOLVED THE BANDS OF THE CONFEDERACY, and left these honored Remains upon the bank and shoal of Time … Thus the United States of America Perished in the Eighty-fifth year of its existence … the one great end sought, at bottom, … was … first abolish, with piratical and fratricidal hand, the DOMESTIC INSTITUTIONS OF THE SOUTH, and then to elevate the NEGRO RACE to an equality with the FREE WHITE INHABITANTS OF THE COUNTRY; thus introducing practical amalgamation, to end in inter-marriage between two races … making it equally a GOVERNMENT OF BLACK MEN.” The text closes with long quotes concerning the preservation of the Constitution by Washington, Jackson, Adams, Clay, and Webster, and lamentations for the death of that document and the Republic it established.

Price: $3,500.00

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