Robert Barnwell Rhett: The Turbulent Life and Times of a Fir-Eater William C. Davis

ISBN: 9781570034398

Published: November 1st 2001

Hardcover

788 pages


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Robert Barnwell Rhett: The Turbulent Life and Times of a Fir-Eater  by  William C. Davis

Robert Barnwell Rhett: The Turbulent Life and Times of a Fir-Eater by William C. Davis
November 1st 2001 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 788 pages | ISBN: 9781570034398 | 10.50 Mb

William C. Daviss biography of Robert Barnwell Rhett provides a definitive picture of South Carolinas most prominent secessionist and arguably the best known in the nation during the two decades leading up to the Civil War. Dubbed the Father ofMoreWilliam C. Daviss biography of Robert Barnwell Rhett provides a definitive picture of South Carolinas most prominent secessionist and arguably the best known in the nation during the two decades leading up to the Civil War.

Dubbed the Father of Secession, Rhett attached himself to South Carolina statesman John C. Calhoun, but grew more zealous than his mentor on the secession issue. Rhett first raised the possibility of secession in 1826, well before calhoun adopted the notion, and would ever after hold fast to his one great idea. In this examination of Rhetts personal and political endeavors, Davis draws upon many newly found sources to reveal the extremism that would make and mar Rhetts adult life.Davis traces the statesmans obsession with a separation from the union, which he initially associated with a protective tariff and internal improvements but by the 1840s had unabashedly connected with slavery.

Davis details Rhetts seven terms in Congress, his short-lived stint as a United States Senator, and his leading role in the Souths newly energized movement toward secession after the 1860 election. Davis reveals Rhetts ambition to be rewarded with the presidency of the new Confederacy or, at least, a premier cabinet post, and his disappointment when he received neither. Impoverished and embittered at wars end, Rhett spent his last eleven years planting and writing, devoting himself primarily to a caustic personal memoir that he would never complete.Davis evaluates Rhetts place in history as the hungriest of the fire-eaters and finds that such rabid extremism rendered Rhett largely ineffectual, with even South Carolinians refusing to march to his most radicaldrumbeats.



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