The fire-eaters

By Henry Brigman
Posted 4/28/22

No, this history lesson is not about those brave men and women who risk their lives saving others and putting out dangerous fires. It is about a group who earned that title for doing just the opposite of real fire-fighters. They gained notoriety leading up to the Civil War and afterwards because of their radical pro-slavery efforts and for being uncompromising secessionists. They “set fires” verbally with their hostile speeches, writings, and activities.

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