Things I didn’t know.

Did you know that during the lead-up to the Civil War, New York City was poised to possibly secede? What the hell, NYC!

First South Carolina. Then New York?
(from the New York Times Opinionator blog)

“New-York will be remembered with especial hatred by the South to the end of time,” raged the Richmond Whig on April 22. “Boston we have always known where to find; but this New-York, which has never turned against us till the hour of trial, and is now moving heaven and earth for our destruction.”

The linked article includes a cool drawing of the city courtesy of the Library of Congress.

In a word:

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