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The Compromise measures: speech of R. Barnwell Rhett, on the resolution submitted by Mr. Foot, of Mississippi, in relation to the compromise measures ... United States, December 15th and 16th, 1851 Paperback – January 1, 1851

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  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Library (January 1, 1851)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1429726903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1429726900
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Robert Barnwell Rhett is called by some "The Father of Secession." It is a title he probably insisted on for himself. I do not say Rhett was an insignificant figure in the South's removal from the Union, but he was not the only major player.

Was he a "fire eater"? Rhett would like to be portrayed as such, but he lacked the asbestos lining to make eating fire palatable. The words he spoke and wrote over his life as politician and major newspaper editor/publisher were hot with the intention to burn, but he did not revel in hot abuse delivered on himself. Like most of his fellow fire eaters he played minoer roles in the new Confederate government and spent much time criticizing the leaders who refused to recognize his importance. His main nemesis seemed to be Jefferson Davis. Rhett tried to show his importance by joining forces with William Lowndes Yancey and Edmund Ruffin, neither of whom were South Carolinians so they could not be too important. His self importance made him fall out with a prominent fellow South Carolinian named John C. Calhoun. In my opinion Rhett was a self-puffed blo hard who differed from anyone who was too stupid to see his true worth.

The work we are reviewing here is a speech delivered in the Senate of the United States on December 15 and 16, 1851 dealing with some resolutions made on the measures known as the Compromise of 1850. Rhett of course was a champion of that long time Southern cause State Rights. A good deal of this oration is a justification of this theory. In this speech he denounces those who say the south is committing treason by threatening secession if her demands are not met.
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