[Charleston, S.C. np, 1860]. Printed broadside, 61 x 24 cm. One of at least four editions or issues printed in Charleston at or shortly after secession. Sabin 87821: "About 50 copies of an edition without the heading (i.e., the imprint) 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., January, 25, 1904." Hummel 2436 (six copies: Emory, Georgia, Duke, Charleston Library Society, 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). Old folds (with wear along the folds, affecting a number of words or letters, but sense of text remains clear). (10512). 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.