SC program discusses run up to Civil War

SULLIVANS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - Speeches and Southern nationalism are the topic of a program on the South Carolina coast where the first battle of the Civil War was fought.

A lecture at Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island on Saturday focuses on Palmetto Day speeches and the rise of Southern nationalism in the years before the war broke out in 1861.

Palmetto Day, better known as Carolina Day, marks the anniversary of the Revolutionary War battle of Fort Moultrie where patriots turned back a British invasion force.

Historians say celebrations of the victory in the years before the Civil War conjured pride in Southern history and encouraged Southern independence.

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