Title: Fact of the Day
Fact: On December 20, 1860, South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union prior to the American Civil War. Soon Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas also seceded. Later, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina seceded, forming an 11-state Confederacy with a population of 9 million, including nearly 4 million slaves. The Union had 21 states and a population of over 20 million.