Article in the Columbia Telescope about toasts delivered by state leaders on the topic of Nullification while at a Barbecue in Newberry, 1833

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Many public events were held in support of states’ rights and the idea of nullifying the federal tariff.  This article from the Columbia Telescope reports on a barbecue held in Newberry in August of 1833 and outlines the toasts made at the event.  Toasting political leaders and philosophies was a common public political expression in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  These toasts show support for nullification and cheer the state and its major political leaders, like John C. Calhoun, current Governor Robert Y. Hayne, and former Governor John Hamilton Jr.  The fourth toast also censures President Andrew Jackson, who supported the supremacy of the federal government.


“Communication for the Telescope: A Barbecue” and “Regular Toasts.”  Columbia Telescope.  24 September 1833.  Newspapers on microfilm, South Caroliniana Library , University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina.

Correlating SC Social Studies Academic Standards:

Standard 3-4: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the events that led to the Civil War, the course of the War and Reconstruction, and South Carolina’s role in these events.

Indicator 3-4.3 Explain the reasons for South Carolina’s secession from the Union, including the abolitionist movement, states’ rights, and the desire to defend South Carolina’s way of life. (H,P,E)

Standard 4-6: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the Civil War and its impact on America.

Indicator 4-6.3 Explain how specific events and issues led to the Civil War, including the sectionalism fueled by issues of slavery in the territories, state’s rights, the election of 1860, and secession. (H,G,E)

Standard 8-3: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the American Civil War—its causes and effects and the major events that occurred during that time.

Indicator 8-3.2 Explain the impact of key events leading to South Carolina’s secession from the Union, including the nullification crisis and John C. Calhoun, the Missouri Compromise, the Tariff of 1832, the Compromise of 1850, the Kansas-Nebraska Act and subsequent armed conflict, the Dred Scott decision, the growth of the abolitionist movement, and the election of 1860. (H, P, G)

Standard USHC-4: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the causes and the course of the Civil War and Reconstruction in America.

Indicator USHC-4.2 Explain how the political events and issues that divided the nation led to civil war, including the compromises reached to maintain the balance of free and slave states, the successes and failures of the abolitionist movement, the conflicting views on states’ rights and federal authority, the emergence of the Republican Party and its win in 1860, and the formation of the Confederate States of America. (H, P)

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