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South Carolina sends Christopher Memminger to discuss the sectional crisis with the Virginia legislature

Christopher Gustavus Memminger, detail
01/12/1860
South Carolina dispatched the moderate legislator Christopher Memminger to Richmond to discuss the state of the Union and raise the idea of a "southern conference" that would provide the slave states with a united front in the sectional crisis.  He was well received in the city and gave a four-hour speech at the Virginia statehouse on January 19, 1860.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
William A. Link, Roots of Secession: Slavery and Politics in Antebellum Virginia (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003), 195-196.

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