Laurence Keitt and the Fire-Eaters

Here’s Professor J. Holt Merchant of Washington and Lee University speaking on Laurence Keitt and other fire-eaters. He has some good information, but he gets off on several tangents and seems to have trouble ending the talk. He should have stopped talking about fifteen minutes before he actually stopped.

The video’s description reads, “Washington and Lee Professor J. Holt Merchant gave a talk for The Tredegar Society covering the political extremism of the fire-eaters and how they helped bring about the secession of the southern states. Merchant focused on Laurence M. Keitt, the subject of his book, ‘South Carolina Fire-Eater.’ The talk took place at The Answer Brewpub in Richmond, Virginia.”



  1. Have to agree with you Al. I would have liked a little more analysis of the impact of the Fireaters on the coming of the war and its prosecution.

    1. I’m sure that analysis is in his book, Pat. The presentation needs to motivate us to read the book.

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