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Fire Eater - Fire Eating Tricks - Fire Performer - Massachusetts - Fire Gypsy
Fire Eater - Fire Eating Tricks - Fire Performer - Massachusetts - Fire Gypsy
Published: 2012/11/21
Channel: Sasha The Fire Gypsy - Professional Fire Performer, Aerialist, Sideshow, Grinder, and more
We Are Awesome 1 - Fire-eaters
We Are Awesome 1 - Fire-eaters
Published: 2014/07/09
Channel: Louis Petit
Fire Dancers, Fire Breathers, and Fire Eaters by Zen Arts
Fire Dancers, Fire Breathers, and Fire Eaters by Zen Arts
Published: 2010/08/13
Channel: ZenArts
Fire Eater in Talent Show
Fire Eater in Talent Show
Published: 2017/01/27
Channel: МурМур
Fire Eater & Strong Woman
Fire Eater & Strong Woman
Published: 2017/08/02
Channel: WIVBTV
10. Causes of the American Civil War - Fire eaters
10. Causes of the American Civil War - Fire eaters
Published: 2011/07/15
Channel: mrgreen1066
Voodoo Fire Eaters!
Voodoo Fire Eaters!
Published: 2013/04/02
Channel: Psi Clips
Laurence Keitt and the Fire-Eaters
Laurence Keitt and the Fire-Eaters
Published: 2015/10/20
Channel: The American Civil War Museum
White Mischief Bush Hall New Year Party 2013: Lady Cave Fire Eater
White Mischief Bush Hall New Year Party 2013: Lady Cave Fire Eater
Published: 2014/01/01
Channel: johnjrp01
Fire Dancers, Fire Breathers, and Fire Eaters by Flame Dancers
Fire Dancers, Fire Breathers, and Fire Eaters by Flame Dancers
Published: 2014/02/11
Channel: Spotlight Entertainment
Fire Eater in Ultra Slow Motion
Fire Eater in Ultra Slow Motion
Published: 2014/04/11
Channel: Stephane Couchoud 2
Douglas A-26 Invader from Movie "Always" Fire Eaters Tanker #59
Douglas A-26 Invader from Movie "Always" Fire Eaters Tanker #59
Published: 2017/03/28
Channel: Jason's Random Channel
Philippine fire eaters
Philippine fire eaters
Published: 2010/03/06
Channel: horizonsnu
The Fire Eaters - Sweet & Chips [Sweet Records] 2012 Jazz-Funk 45
The Fire Eaters - Sweet & Chips [Sweet Records] 2012 Jazz-Funk 45
Published: 2016/12/21
Channel: Musicdawn 45's
Fire eaters
Fire eaters
Published: 2006/07/24
Channel: funkel
Hydra vs T16 Cannibal Fire-eaters
Hydra vs T16 Cannibal Fire-eaters
Published: 2017/08/30
Channel: matt chan
Fire Eating Tutorial: How to deal with fire eater
Fire Eating Tutorial: How to deal with fire eater's mouth
Published: 2010/11/10
Channel: Seryph Steel
Fire-Eater
Fire-Eater's Wife / Beauty Queen (Demo Version) (Remastered)
Published: 2016/11/17
Channel: Tori Amos - Topic
Hawaiian Fire Eater ~ Kawaihae Harbor Luau ~ 11-21-2010
Hawaiian Fire Eater ~ Kawaihae Harbor Luau ~ 11-21-2010
Published: 2010/11/24
Channel: Michael Starr
Good Morning Fire Eater - The Alpinist (Official Video)
Good Morning Fire Eater - The Alpinist (Official Video)
Published: 2015/09/02
Channel: Jonas Hofmann
Eazy Rider - Eddie Roberts & The Fire Eaters (Album:Burn!, 2011)
Eazy Rider - Eddie Roberts & The Fire Eaters (Album:Burn!, 2011)
Published: 2012/08/12
Channel: TheCostacurtag4
Rusty  Bryant - Fire Eater
Rusty Bryant - Fire Eater
Published: 2009/03/14
Channel: Suggs OnBass
Jessiehealz - Fire-Eater
Jessiehealz - Fire-Eater's Vial Toy Guide (World of Warcraft)
Published: 2015/03/06
Channel: Jessiehealz
Fire Eater Teaser (Wizard Entertainment Malaysia)
Fire Eater Teaser (Wizard Entertainment Malaysia)
Published: 2015/11/23
Channel: WizardEntertainment Hafidz
QI | What
QI | What's The Worst Thing A Fire-Eater Can Do?
Published: 2016/11/10
Channel: QI: Quite Interesting
Minotaur vs T16 Cannibal Fire-eaters
Minotaur vs T16 Cannibal Fire-eaters
Published: 2017/08/30
Channel: matt chan
Susurunga (Poronbus)  Fire Eaters, Namatanai, Papua New Guinea.wmv
Susurunga (Poronbus) Fire Eaters, Namatanai, Papua New Guinea.wmv
Published: 2011/06/01
Channel: Tereni Kens
PathOfExile 2.4 Cannibal Fire eater VS  Shaper (Deathless )
PathOfExile 2.4 Cannibal Fire eater VS Shaper (Deathless )
Published: 2016/11/03
Channel: Peaw Peaw
SALEM HALLOWEEN VLOG: FIRE EATERS//WITCH CIRCLE//HARRY POTTER
SALEM HALLOWEEN VLOG: FIRE EATERS//WITCH CIRCLE//HARRY POTTER
Published: 2016/11/30
Channel: sammybelove
fire eaters wife / beauty queen overlap
fire eaters wife / beauty queen overlap
Published: 2016/07/27
Channel: Jonathan Carter
HOW TO GET FIRE EATER
HOW TO GET FIRE EATER'S VIAL (Commentary) - Darkmoon Racer Roadhog Achievement
Published: 2015/03/01
Channel: JennPlay
The Fire Eaters
The Fire Eaters
Published: 2012/11/29
Channel: Jeffrey Moore
Witcher 3: HEARTS OF STONE ► Chasing Demons and Fire Eaters #12
Witcher 3: HEARTS OF STONE ► Chasing Demons and Fire Eaters #12
Published: 2015/10/14
Channel: xLetalis
The Fire Eaters Feat. Eddie Roberts - Lope Song. From "Burn!" LP/CD
The Fire Eaters Feat. Eddie Roberts - Lope Song. From "Burn!" LP/CD
Published: 2012/03/14
Channel: narcissus33
The Fire Eaters - Move Over - Sweet Records 45.wmv
The Fire Eaters - Move Over - Sweet Records 45.wmv
Published: 2012/02/10
Channel: narcissus33
Fire Eaters Johor Bahru
Fire Eaters Johor Bahru
Published: 2009/12/14
Channel: penkurdsian
Kaki King - The Fire Eater
Kaki King - The Fire Eater
Published: 2014/08/18
Channel: Furkan Alpaslan
Chimera vs T16 Cannibal Fire-eaters
Chimera vs T16 Cannibal Fire-eaters
Published: 2017/08/30
Channel: matt chan
Vertigo Steps :: Fire Eaters
Vertigo Steps :: Fire Eaters
Published: 2009/08/01
Channel: Vertigo Steps
PvP Toys #2 - Fire Eaters Vial - WoW 6.2.4
PvP Toys #2 - Fire Eaters Vial - WoW 6.2.4
Published: 2016/05/16
Channel: FoxyHippo RBGs
Eddie Roberts & The Fire Eaters - Believe In Miracles
Eddie Roberts & The Fire Eaters - Believe In Miracles
Published: 2012/03/08
Channel: Cèsar Sandoval Tapia
I Am Abomination - Fire Eater
I Am Abomination - Fire Eater
Published: 2012/12/17
Channel: iamabominationmusic
Who Are The Fire Eaters?
Who Are The Fire Eaters?
Published: 2017/07/16
Channel: sparky TIME
fire eaters
fire eaters
Published: 2006/04/27
Channel: muskellunge4498
EDDIE ROBERTS & THE FIRE EATERS - BURN! EPK
EDDIE ROBERTS & THE FIRE EATERS - BURN! EPK
Published: 2011/05/10
Channel: LégèreRecordings
Fire Eaters BBQ
Fire Eaters BBQ
Published: 2010/07/23
Channel: FireEatersBBQ
Fire Eater - company video
Fire Eater - company video
Published: 2017/04/11
Channel: Fire Eater
Double Review: Private Peaceful and The Fire Eaters
Double Review: Private Peaceful and The Fire Eaters
Published: 2017/01/05
Channel: Fiona's Fiction
Vertigo Steps :: Fire Eaters @ Curto Circuito (SIC Radical TV)
Vertigo Steps :: Fire Eaters @ Curto Circuito (SIC Radical TV)
Published: 2010/10/04
Channel: Vertigo Steps
Jonathan Fire*Eater - Station Coffee
Jonathan Fire*Eater - Station Coffee
Published: 2009/11/21
Channel: sampler1988
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In American history, the Fire-Eaters were a group of radical pro-slavery Southerners in the Antebellum South who urged the separation of Southern states into a new nation, which became the Confederate States of America. The dean of the group was Robert Barnwell Rhett of South Carolina. They sought to reopen the international slave trade, which had been illegal since 1808.[1]

Impact[edit]

By radically urging secessionism in the South, the Fire-Eaters demonstrated the high level of sectionalism existing in the U.S. during the 1850s, and they materially contributed to the outbreak of the Civil War (1861–1865). As early as 1850, there was a southern minority of pro-slavery extremists who did much to weaken the fragile unity of the nation. Led by such men as Edmund Ruffin, Robert Rhett, Louis T. Wigfall, and William Lowndes Yancey, this group was dubbed "Fire-Eaters" by northerners. At an 1850 convention in Nashville, Tennessee, the Fire-Eaters urged Southern secession, citing irrevocable differences between the North and the South, and they inflamed passions by using propaganda against the North. However, the Compromise of 1850 and other moderate counsel kept the Fire-Eaters cool for a time.

In the later half of the 1850s, the group reemerged. During the election of 1856, Fire-Eaters used threats of secession in order to persuade Northerners, valuing unity over anti-slavery, to vote for James Buchanan. They used several recent events for propaganda, among them "Bleeding Kansas" and the Sumner-Brooks Affair, to accuse the North of trying to abolish slavery immediately. Using effective propaganda against 1860 presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, the nominee of the anti-slavery Republican Party, the Fire-Eaters were able to convince many southerners of this. However, Lincoln, despite abolitionist sentiment within the party, had promised not to abolish slavery in the Southern states, but only to forbid it in the territories.[2] They first targeted South Carolina, which passed an article of secession in December 1860. Wigfall, for one, actively encouraged an attack on Fort Sumter to prompt Virginia and other upper Southern States to secede as well. The Fire-Eaters helped to unleash a chain reaction that eventually led to the formation of the Confederate States of America and to the American Civil War. Their influence waned quickly after the start of major fighting.

Notable Fire-Eaters[edit]

References[edit]

  • Walther, Eric H., The Fire-Eaters, (Louisiana State University Press, 1992) ISBN 0-8071-1775-7
  • Walther, Eric H. William Lowndes Yancey: The Coming of the Civil War (2006)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ William J. Cooper, Jr. and Thomas E. Terrill (2008). The American South: A History. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 363. ISBN 9780742563995. 
  2. ^ Wilson, Douglas L. Lincoln and Abolitionism The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Retrieved March 30 2016.
  3. ^ Sansing, David G. (December 2003). "John Jones Pettus: Twentieth and Twenty-third Governor of Mississippi: January 5, 1854 to January 10, 1854; 1859-1863". Mississippi Historical Society. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  4. ^ Dubay, Robert W. (1975). John Jones Pettus, Mississippi fire-eater. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 15. ISBN 9781617033537. 

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