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December 20, 2010 9:32 PM

South Carolina's secessionist ball draws protesters, celebrators

A secession ball, one of the first major events to mark the 150th anniversary of the events that led to the Civil War, divided many Charlestonians on Monday night and got sesquicentennial commemorations off to a divisive start. Ball organizers and roughly 120 people who gathered in front of Gaillard Auditorium to protest the ball were separated by the glass doors of the auditorium, a row of four police officers – and more than a century of thought on how the Civil War should be viewed today.

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