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Keri Leigh Merritt @KeriLeighMerrit
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@Ben_C_Chambers oh yes, not just "some" - at least a few thousand:

nytimes.com/2016/05/09/wor…
@Ben_C_Chambers As John Hope Franklin showed, as early as 1834, Southern slaveholders - led by Fire-Eaters mostly out of #SouthCarolina - were eyeing Brazil (& indeed the entire Gulf & Caribbean - as places to expand their slavery empire.
@Ben_C_Chambers From Franklin's The Militant South (excerpts from my own Masterless Men:)
@Ben_C_Chambers These groups eventually evolve into violent paramilitary groups - like the Knights of the Golden Circle - in the few years leading up to secession.
@Ben_C_Chambers They planned to center their slave empire in Havana, Cuba:
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