By Robert F. Moss
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At last I told them I was like a fellow I had heard of not long be- fore. He was beating on the head of an empty barrel near the road- side, when a traveler, who was passing along, asked him what he was doing that for? The fellow replied, that there was some cider in that barrel a few days before, and he was trying to see if there was any then, but if there was he couldn’t get at it. I told them that there had been a little bit of a speech in me a while ago, but I believed I couldn’t get it out.
Crockett’s maneuver left few people to hear his opponent’s speech. He won the election with twice the votes of his competitor. Source: David Crockett, A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett of the State of Tennessee (Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1834), 138–42 barbecue and the early republic H 39 at a barbecue in any of the southern states,” with no less than “ONE THOUSAND weight of meat put upon the pitt, besides other necessaries to give zest to the entertainment. ’ ” 17 As campaign barbecues grew larger and became more frequent, they were increasingly hosted not by the candidates but by groups of supporters, who arranged the entertain- ment, purchased the food and drink, and placed advertisements in local newspapers.
S. 31 Taking to the stump meant making the rounds at political barbecues. The first one Calhoun attended was on August 28, 1838, at Sandy Spring Church in South Carolina’s Greenville District. The event was organized by a committee of seven prominent citizens who presumably paid for the provisions and invited the speakers. A blanket invitation was issued to the citizens of the district, and some fif- teen hundred people showed up. 32 As Thompson’s presence shows, campaign barbecues were not necessarily one-sided partisan rallies.