Southern Love of Liberty

July 24, 1857

From the Charleston, S.C. Mercury, the editor includes an account of a celebration of Independence Day, in which there is considerable language about the “natal day of our liberty” and the “rights of freemen”.     (It is likely that the editor italicized these portions of what is said here.) The editor comments: “Very modest and very consistent language this, for men-stealers and slave-breeders, pro-slavery ruffians, and hot-head nullifiers!”