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Alabama's commissioner to Kentucky warns Governor Magoffin of race war under Republican rule

Beriah Magoffin, detail
12/27/1860
Alabama's secession commissioner to Kentucky, Stephen Fowler Hale, wrote to Kentucky governor Beriah Magoffin urging him to bring his slave state out of the Union.  His letter contained dire prediction of ruin for the South saying that the new Republican government would initiate a "San Domingo servile insurrection, consigning her citizens to assassinations and her wives and daughters to pollution and violation to gratify the lust of half-civilized Africans."  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Stephen F. Hale to Beriah Magoffin, December 27, 1860, reproduced in full in Charles B. Dew, Apostles of Disunion: Southern Secession Commissioners and the Cause of the Civil War (Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia, 2001), 91-103. 

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