Charleston 1860 and Secession: Politics, Media, Mania: Interview with Paul Starobin

Polarized politics, fear, a media with intent to inflame and make its owners famous, no budging on either side, confidence and even mania – that’s the combo that author Paul Starobin of the Atlantic and the New Republic describes as the factors that lead to South Carolina’s secession in 1860. We talk to him about his book “Madness Rules the Hour: Charleston 1860 and the Mania for War.”